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Preakness Results 2021: Twitter Reaction to Rombauer's Win At Pimlico

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 16, 2021

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Now that's how you finish a race. 

Rombauer, who entered with 11-1 odds, blew the doors off the field down the stretch Saturday, winning the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

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ROMBAUER HAS WON THE @PreaknessStakes!<br><br>Rombauer passed Medina Spirit and Midnight Bourbon in the stretch at @PimlicoRC! pic.twitter.com/sfQmuO1Qjc

He beat the two favorites, Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit, who finished second and third, respectively. 

And Twitter was buzzing afterward, given Rombauer's surprisingly dominant performance:

Ralph D. Russo @ralphDrussoAP

Rombauer down the stretch. pic.twitter.com/S9nyrVTzrG

David Aragona @HorseToWatch

The pace of this Preakness was pretty moderate, but it didn't matter to Rombauer who finished like a freight train. No excuses for Midnight Bourbon or Medina Spirit.

Andrew Perloff @andrewperloff

Rombauer ran angry.

Brad Gilbert @bgtennisnation

Wow 🤩 what a race from Rombauer flying down the stretch @VinceVanP_WPT

Dana O'Neil😷 @DanaONeilWriter

Rombauer ... wow. Who saw that one?

So the hope of another Triple Crown winner will have to wait. The controversy surrounding Medina Spirit likely will fade to the background as well, after the horse failed a post-race drug test following his Kentucky Derby triumph. 

Tim Layden @ByTimLayden

There’s a view of this in which racing deserved to have Medina Spirit win the Preakness and force the sport to live with this mess up front for another three weeks. Pressure eased now.

Tim Layden @ByTimLayden

Can’t win without drugs? I could see some people taking that stand.

His trainer, Bob Baffert, said this week an antifungal ointment that contained the steroid betamethasone may have caused the failed test, an ointment typically given to horses to aid their joints. 

But trace amounts of betamethasone are banned on race day, and if a second test is positive for the steroid, Medina Spirit's Kentucky Derby win would be disqualified. 

Suffice to say, there were more than a few tweets—some snarkier than others—about Medina Spirit's fading down the stretch while Rombauer surged:

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Dan Wolken @DanWolken

Medina Spirit finishes a distant third in the Preakness to 11-1 Rombauer. Baffert's other horse, Concert Tour, faded to last.

John Hollinger @johnhollinger

Worst part of this is the merciless taunting Medina Spirit will receive from the other horses.

Tom Scocca @tomscocca

Seems like the horse was missing a little something down the stretch this time

Rombauer deserved the win after an explosive final stretch. But the post-race conversation, for better or worse, won't focus solely on the winner as questions about Baffert and Medina Spirit remain.

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