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became the sixth filly to win the Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE — Last year, Swiss Skydiver , which was held in October because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the 146th running of the race on Saturday will be blanketed with even more intrigue.

Medina Spirit, who won the Kentucky Derby on May 1 to give the trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the race, was installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite, after nearly being excluded from the race when it was disclosed that he had failed a drug test after the Derby.

Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, a corticosteroid, but officials in Kentucky are awaiting results from a second sample — a process that could take weeks — to determine if his Derby victory will be overturned.