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Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will skip Preakness Stakes, sets sights on Belmont

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will skip Preakness Stakes, sets sights on Belmont


Wealthy Strike, who shocked the horse racing world by winning Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at 80-1 odds, is off the Triple Crown path.

Proprietor Rick Dawson introduced Thursday that Wealthy Strike will skip the Preakness on Might 21 at Pimlico and purpose for a return within the remaining leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont on June 11.

Dawson stated the plan earlier than the Kentucky Derby was to offer Wealthy Strike “extra restoration time and relaxation and run within the Belmont or one other race and keep heading in the right direction to run with 5 or 6 weeks relaxation between races.

“Clearly, with our super effort and win within the Derby, it’s very, very tempting to change our course and run within the Preakness at Pimlico, which might be an amazing honor for all our group. Nevertheless, after a lot dialogue and consideration with my coach, Eric Reed, and some others, we’re going to stick with our plan of what’s greatest for Ritchie is what’s greatest for our group and cross on working within the Preakness and level towards the Belmont in roughly 5 weeks.”

Wealthy Strike scored the second-biggest upset in Kentucky Derby historical past Saturday. Donerail, at 91-1 odds in 1913, is the longest shot to win the race.

Why is Wealthy Strike not working within the Preakness?

Reed didn’t instantly return a name looking for remark. On Sunday morning, he was requested if he felt an obligation to run within the Preakness.

“My obligation is to Wealthy Strike first,” Reed stated. “And if Wealthy is able to go and I believe it’s the suitable factor for him, we’re going to go. Nothing in opposition to any of those Triple Crown races, however I don’t get these horses 10 or 12 a 12 months to attempt to get one among them. I would like him round a very long time. … I wish to go. That’s naturally what we wish to do.”

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At 1 3/16 miles, the Preakness is the shortest of the Triple Crown races and least prone to complement Wealthy Strike’s closing fashion. In distinction, the 1½-mile Belmont has the popularity of being a more in-depth’s race.

On Sunday, Reed expressed concern concerning the two-week hole between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

“I’ve by no means been exhausting on him,” Reed stated. “I area my exercises 10, 12 days as an alternative of seven. I don’t prefer to run him (again) fast.”

Which horses are set to run within the Preakness?

Preakness officers have a listing of 10 horses thought-about “possible” or “attainable” for the race, together with the remainder of the Kentucky Derby superfecta — second-place Epicenter, third-place Zandon and fourth-place Simplification.

Wooden Memorial runner-up Early Voting had sufficient factors to qualify for the Kentucky Derby however was held again by coach Chad Brown to be able to run within the Preakness. Coach D. Wayne Lukas introduced Wednesday that Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath would run in the Preakness.

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Wealthy Strike will turn out to be the second Kentucky Derby winner to skip the Preakness since Justify’s Triple Crown run in 2018. Nation Home by no means raced once more after successful the Derby by way of disqualification in 2019.

Wealthy Strike sire, race historical past

A son of Eager Ice out of the Sensible Strike mare Gold Strike, Wealthy Strike was bred at Calumet Farm. After ending tenth in his first race last August on turf at Ellis Park, he was claimed by Dawson for $30,000 after successful a Sept. 17 race by 17¼ lengths at Churchill.

Since then he had raced 5 instances with out ever ending within the high two earlier than successful the Kentucky Derby. He completed 5¾ lengths behind Tiz the Bomb within the Jeff Ruby Steaks, incomes the 20 factors he wanted to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

Wealthy Strike has a report of 2-0-3 in eight profession begins and earnings of $1,971,289, together with the $1.86 million Derby paycheck.

Jason Frakes writes for The Courier-Journal, a part of the USA TODAY Community.; Twitter: @KentuckyDerbyCJ.

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