Rombauer (Twirling Candy) won the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, finishing ahead of Midnight Bourbon.
Rombauer, trained by Mike McCarthy and ridden by Flavien Prat, came charging on the outside to win the race by 3 1/2 lengths.
It appeared the race would go as expected as Medina Spirit and Midnight Bourbon ran together at the front of the race. Midnight Bourbon put his head in front exiting the far turn. It seemed it was his race to win, but then Rombauer was gaining on every jump.
Rombauer paid $25.60, $10.00 and $5.20. Midnight Bourbon was second followed by Medina Spirit, Keepmeinmind, Crowded Table, Unbridled Honor, France Go De Ina, Risk Taking, Concert Tour and Ram.
“There’s so much history behind these races, and to win one is great, and to win the Preakness is even better,” Prat, who is French, said on NBC after the race.
Before the Preakness, Rombauer had raced only three times on the dirt and lost every time out. He had two career wins: one on the turf and one on a synthetic track.
John and Diane Fradkin are the breeders and owners of the Kentucky-bred grandson of Candy Ride (ARG).