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A lot of people bet on Medina Spirit to continue its winning ways after it won the Kentucky Derby. They think it could get the Triple Crown. It may. Indeed until recently it was a great bet on the 2021 Preakness Stakes. However, in recent days, online betting sites in the US like Bovada have seen an uptick of people backing Concert Tour instead. Why? Well, Medina Spirit is said to have failed a race day drug test at the Kentucky Derby. So, Medina Spirit may not run at all.
“I haven’t been told anything.” Said Bob Baffert who, perhaps unwisely, compared the positive drug test to cancel culture. They say Medina Spirit had twice the legal quantity of betamethasone, a steroid, in its system. Baffert claims know nothing about it. “Churchill Downs came out with that statement – that was pretty harsh.” Which is true. Certainly, people who were considering their bet on the 2021 Preakness Stakes to include Medina Spirit had serious cause for pause.
They may disqualify Medina Spirit if further tests confirm the results. That would not only change which horse you might back if you bet on the 2021 Preakness Stakes but US racing as a whole. Those who oppose national standards of anti-doping measures may find themselves on the wrong side of history. Such a high-profile scandal would taint the entire sport. Online betting sites in the US and elsewhere will definitely push for greater transparency if the test isn’t false.
Bet On The 2021 Preakness Stakes At Bovada
“I want to have a positive influence on the sport of horse racing.” Bob Baffert once said. Well he’ll have to start by not pretending he’s the victim of dark hidden forces or circumstance. This is not the first horse from his stable to test positive, is it? The B test may prove positive too. So, if you bet on the Kentucky Derby and backed Mandaloun there’s still a chance you could win. Just what effect it’ll have on those who want to bet on the 2021 Preakness Stakes, is another story.
Odds On The 2021 Preakness Stakes
- Ram – 25/1
- France go De Ina – 25/1
- Unbridled Honor – 20/1
- Get Her Number – 20/1
- Crowded Trade – 16/1
- Keepmeinmind – 14/1
- Tarantino – 14/1
- Rombauer – 9/1
- Risk Taking – 8/1
- Midnight Bourbon – 8/1
- O Besos – 7/1
- Concert Tour – 2/1
- Medina Spirit – 7/4
- See more at Bovada…
Sports require a fail degree of faith to retain their following. Cycling is still recovering from Lance Armstrong. Online sportsbook sites in the US like Bovada know racing has dodged the bullet so far. They’ve not disqualified a Kentucky Derby winner for doping since Dancer’s Image back in 1968. However, if they push out Medina Spirit it’ll make a big splash. Of course, if you’re going to bet on the 2021 Preakness Stakes you can bet on Concert Tour to ride the ripples to victory.
Concert Tour Looks To Win If Medina Spirit’s Out
Naturally, that bet on the 2021 Preakness Stakes also carries some risk with it. At just over just nine and half furlongs it doesn’t give horses long to sort themselves out. So, the odds on Concert Tour might now loiter at 2/1, but do remember it only came 3rd last time out. Does that mean you should plump for O Besos at 7/1 or Midnight Bourbon at 8/1? Well maybe. Risk-Taking gets the same 8/1 price and could be worth a punt if this doesn’t quite roll as the bookies expect it to.
“We did not cheat to win the Kentucky Derby.”
- Bob Baffert – Trainer of Medina Spirit
The future of US racing is just as unpredictable as that bet on the 2021 Preakness Stakes. No one will let this slide. That’s why they took five years to confirm Dancer’s Image was disqualified back in the sixties. Anyone in the US gambling laws and regulations won’t now be debated hotly at every turn is wrong. With luck could well change the whole approach of the authorities to doping, but in the short term it’ll be just plain embarrassing for the whole racing industry in the US.
We take a look at why your bet on the 2021 Preakness Stakes may need a bit of a rethink as Medina Spirit awaits a B test for doping.