2021 Preakness Odds: Medina Spirit Cleared to Race, Post Positions Announced
2021 Preakness Odds: Medina Spirit Cleared, Post Positions Announced
Most assumed, following a positive drug test for the steroid and anti-inflammatory betamethasone after its Kentucky Derby win, that Medina Spirit would be barred from competing at the 2021 Preakness Stakes. But, in a somewhat surprising move, Medina Spirit was announced as the favorite, according to the 2021 Preakness odds when post position draws were announced for the race on Tuesday.
Bob Baffert, Medina Spirit’s trainer and the most successful horse trainer in the world, claimed on Tuesday that the horse’s positive drug test could be traced back to an ointment that was applied to the horse prior to its running of the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
The Maryland Racing Commission, which oversees drug testing for the horses prior to and after the Preakness, announced it has agreed with Baffert on rigorous testing and monitoring of Medina Spirit as a condition to allow the horse to race in Saturday’s 146th Preakness Stakes.
Whether or not you agree with it is irrelevant at this point. Medina Spirit is running in the Preakness. The 2021 Preakness odds are out and Medina Spirit is the favorite to win. So, let’s take a look at the 10-horse field for this year’s Preakness Stakes.
2021 Preakness Odds
The 2021 Preakness odds and post positions are official and Medina Spirit leads the way as a 9/5 favorite as of Tuesday. The second favorite is another Bob Baffert horse in Concert Tour.
Concert Tour didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby, but many believe it could challenge Medina Spirit’s quest for a Triple Crown. Concert Tour is 5/2, according to the 2021 Preakness odds.
Then, there is a pretty large deal of space between the top two horses and the rest of the pack, according to Preakness odds. The third favorite in the 10-horse field is Midnight Bourbon, coming in at 5/1.
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