Medina Spirit Will Run In Preakness Stakes, Tops Odds Boards

  • Medina Spirit is a +185 favorite to win the Preakness Stakes.
  • The horse was allowed to run in the Stakes after a deal was reached with trainer Bob Baffert.
  • The deal subjects Medina Spirit and Concert Tour to extra testing before the race.

LAS VEGAS - The odds for the Preakness Stakes are out, following the release of the Preakness Stakes post positions.

Embattled trainer Bob Baffert might not be at the race itself, but two of his horses are the leading contenders to win it according to the online horse betting websites.

Preakness Stakes Moneyline Futures Odds

  • 1. Ram +3000
  • 2. Keepmeinmind +1600
  • 3. Medina Spirit +185
  • 4. Crowded Trade +800
  • 5. Midnight Bourbon +500
  • 6. Rombauer +1200
  • 7. France Go De Ina +3000
  • 8. Unbridled Honor +1400
  • 9. Risk Taking +1200
  • 10. Concert Tour +200

Medina Spirit, the Kentucky Derby winner who tested positive for betamethasone in the aftermath of the race, is the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes.

It has been confirmed that Medina Spirit will be running in the race despite awaiting the results from a second drug test to confirm whether or not the horse will be able to keep his Kentucky Derby trophy. After Medina Spirit on the odds boards is Concert Tour, Baffert’s other horse in the race.

Both horses will undergo blood tests and other medical reviews in the wake of Medina Spirit’s positive test. Given that both horses will be tested, any irregularities will likely result in the horses not running the race.

According to Dr. Dionne Benson, the chief veterinary officer of Maryland Racing, which oversees the Preakness, if any of Baffert’s horses test positive for betamethasone, that horse will not be running in the Preakness.

Medina Spirit was Baffert’s seventh Kentucky Derby winner, which set a new record for most Kentucky Derby wins by one trainer.

That record could be rescinded should Medina Spirit’s second drug test from the Derby come back positive.

Intriguingly, Baffert would become the all time record holder for Preakness Stakes wins if either of his horses ends up a winner here, with eight total.

Even more intriguingly, Baffert has only lost once when he ran the Kentucky Derby winner in the Preakness Stakes - and that loss was in 2020, when they were out of order.

In other words, Baffert is in the same position as he was before the Kentucky Derby - with an excellent racehorse, and the opportunity to break a record.

The only thing potentially standing in his way, it seems, is betamethasone.

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