McCarthy ‘Couldn’t Be Happier’ With Rombauer’s Five-Furlong Breeze

John and Diane Fradkin’s homebred colt Rombauer had his final timed workout in preparation for the 146th Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday morning, covering five furlongs in :59.80 under jockey Flavien Prat at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Trainer Michael McCarthy said, “I couldn’t be happier” with the breeze, which was the fourth-fastest of 56 recorded at the distance.

“He worked in company, settled in a length behind the other horse, passed him coming to the eighth pole and went on about his business,” McCarthy said.

Prat will ride the son of Twirling Candy for the first time in a race while making his Preakness debut. Prat entered Saturday tied with Luis Saez for third nationally in races-won at 99 and fourth in purse earnings.

Rombauer, who is scheduled to ship from California to Baltimore on Tuesday, most recently finished third in the April 3 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. The Kentucky-bred colt previously captured the El Camino Real Derby, a Preakness ‘Win & In’ stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

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