Midnight Bourbon is the 5-2 favorite with just over three hours to go before the Preakness
BALTIMORE — The Latest on the Preakness (all times local):
Steve Asmussen-trained Midnight Bourbon finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby ridden by 2018 Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith, who switched mounts to Concert Tour. Irad Ortiz Jr. is set to ride Midnight Bourbon in the Preakness.
Asmussen is in search of his third victory in the Preakness and first since Rachel Alexandra in 2009.
The Preakness is back to its usual spot on the calendar in the middle of May but without the usual frenzy in the hours leading to the race.
Despite Maryland lifting its mask mandate for fully vaccinated people, Baltimore kept it in place and Pimlico maintained its protocols that require mask-wearing on the grounds.
Those in attendance saw Market Cap unseat jockey Johan Rosado in the first race Saturday in which The King Cheek won over Bob Baffert-trained favorite Hozier.
Baffert’s Kentucky Derby-winning Medina Spirit was cleared Friday to run in the Preakness after undergoing three rounds of prerace testing.
Post time for the Preakness is 6:50 p.m.
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