Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit cleared to run Preakness Stakes

AP photo by Julio Cortez / Exercise rider Humberto Gomez takes Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness Stakes entrant Medina Spirit, left, to the track for a training session Wednesday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE - Fans are back at Pimlico Race Course to witness another chance at horse racing history, so this year's Preakness Stakes will feel a lot more like normal for the second jewel of the Triple Crown - even if everything carries a giant asterisk.

The limited capacity of 10,000 fans expected for Saturday evening's race is far less than the crowd of 100,000 that usually packs the grandstand and infield, and it is a fraction of the 50,000 who saw Medina Spirit win the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago at Churchill Downs. The Bob Baffert-trained colt was cleared Friday to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown after failing a drug test that followed his victory in Louisville.

Now all eyes are on Pimlico and the Preakness to see what will happen next in horse racing's latest chapter of drama.

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