Rich Strike: Preakness Stakes won’t be in the cards for Kentucky Derby winner

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Fresh off his 148th Kentucky Derby victory, Rich Strike will not compete in the upcoming Preakness Stakes — the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, horse owner Rick Dawson said in a statement Thursday.

“Our original plan for Rich Strike depended on the KY Derby, if we didn’t run in the Derby we would point to the Preakness, if we ran in the Derby, subject to the outcome of the race and the condition of our horse, we would give him more recovery and rest time and race in the Belmont, or another race and stay on course to race with 5 or 6 weeks of rest between races,” the statement read.

Dawson said it was “very, very tempting” to race in the Preakness after their Derby win, adding “it would be a great honour”.

“However, after much discussion and consideration with my coach, Eric Reed and a few others, we will stick with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie, that’s what’s best for our group, and move on to racing. in the Preakness, and point to the Belmont in approximately 5 weeks,” the statement read.

The 147th Preakness Stakes will be held on May 21 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

If Dawson’s strategy goes as planned, Rich Strike will return to the racetrack on June 11 for the 154th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

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