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Rombauer pulls Preakness upset

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rombauer left Medina Spirit behind — and put horse racing’s latest controversy on the back burner.

Little-known Rombauer sprung an 11-1 upset to win the Preakness on Saturday, passing Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby winner to end a potential Triple Crown bid that would have carried a giant asterisk.

Medina Spirit finished third and will not go on to the Belmont with a Triple Crown on the line and a potential Derby disqualification hanging over the sport.

“A little disappointed, but we’ll go on from here,” said assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes, who saddled the horses in Baffert’s absence.

Baffert was not present at Pimlico Race Course, opting to stay away because of the controversy surrounding Medina Spirit, who tested positive for the steroid betamethasone in post-Derby testing. He said in a spotlight-stealing statement hours before the race: “Today is not about Bob Baffert. Instead it is about Medina Spirit and all of the other equine athletes in our tremendous sport.”

United track team sweep EOAC

EAST PALESTINE — The United boys and girls swept the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference Track and Field Meet at Reid Stadium on Saturday.

The United boys totaled 147 1/2 points and have won all three league meets. Columbiana took second with 87 points.

The United girls scored 152 points for their second straight league title. Columbiana was second with 101 points.

See page B6 for the meet results.

Illinois-Chicago reclaims Horizon League

YOUNGSTOWN – Third-seeded Illinois-Chicago won its 10th Horizon League softball championship and third since 2017 with a 4-3 victory over second-seeded Oakland (Mich.) on Saturday.

The Flames built a 4-0 lead after four innings in front of 404 fans at the YSU Softball Complex. Illinois-Chicago improves to 29-21, while Oakland moves to 26-16.

The Horizon League All-Tournament team includes MVP Marley Hanlon, Dee Dee Caskey, Samantha Ferguson, Maica Ingles and Kayla Wedl (Illinois-Chicago); UIC; Sydney Campbell, Lauren Griffith, Madison Jones and Jen Krizka (Oakland); Alex DeLeon and Nikki Saibene (Youngstown State); and Faith Miller (Robert Morris).

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