Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t run in Preakness, ending Triple Crown bid

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t run in the Preakness.

Owner Rich Dawson made the beautiful announcement Thursday, 10 days earlier than the race in Maryland. It means there won’t be a Triple Crown winner for a fourth consecutive yr.

Dawson stated he and coach Eric Reed agreed to stay with the preliminary plan for Rich Strike and relaxation him for 5 weeks. Rich Strike, at 80-1, was the most important lengthy shot to win the Derby in greater than a century. Only Donerail in 1913 paid extra to win.

The plan now could be to have Rich Strike able to run in the Belmont Stakes on June 11. Dawson stated it was greatest for the colt to get further relaxation and never run again in two weeks at Pimlico.

Rich Strike was not anticipated to be the morning line favourite for the Preakness, with Derby runner-up Epicenter and Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath set to be a part of the sector.

With Rich Strike’s shock withdrawal, the Derby champion has not run in the Preakness in 2019 or 2021. The races have been run out of order in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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