Preakness 146 Horse Profile: Rombauer

Flavien Prat will pilot the interesting Rombauer in Preakness 146
Flavien Prat will pilot the interesting Rombauer in Preakness 146
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With a field of ten announced for Preakness 146 at Pimlico this Saturday. Our in-house handicapper and turf-man both put together their thoughts on each of the runners set to complete in the second of the Triple Crown races.

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Sean's Take...

Rombauer (#6):  He’s a nice horse, but Rombauer would need to improve by several lengths to have a legitimate shot in the Preakness. He did show a surprising amount of early speed last out in the G1 Blue Grass at Keeneland, however, which is perhaps a sign that he’s turning a corner, though he was still well beaten in that spot by both Essential Quality and Highly Motivated. I suppose he has an outside chance at hitting the board here, but he’s not my favorite exotics play even in a depleted renewal of this race.


J.N.'s Take...

Trainer Mike McCarthy’s cost-saving measures just might payoff with the decision to hold this son of Twirling Candy back from running in KYD147 . . . After a 3rd place finish in the Blue Grass S. (G2) behind Essential Quality and Highly Motivated, it was probably best to wait for Pimlico’s big day.

The Fradkins who own this colt were not at all disappointed with his 2021 effort thus far. He has major ability, and under the watchful eye of this conditioner, his future appears very promising. McCarthy’s status on the national stage would ratchet even higher with a Preakness score. It is only a matter of time before he wins one of these types of contests.

Getting Flavien Prat to replace Florent Geroux is a positive step, especially considering that the jockey absolutely acquitted himself well on Derby Day. Is he due for a Preakness win aboard this route specialist who looks to improve on that BG KEE race? Maybe . . . McCarthy’s stock is on the rise, and a good price, which is sure to be an overlay, awaits. 

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