The long-shot winner of the Derby is being pointed towards the Belmont Stakes in June
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – There might not be a Triple Crown winner this yr. The proprietor of Kentucky Derby winner ‘Rich Strike’ pronouncing Thursday the colt will skip the Preakness Stakes and can be pointed towards the Belmont Stakes on June 11.
The colt’s proprietor, Rick Dawson launched the next commentary:
“Our authentic plan for Rich Strike was once contingent at the Kentucky Derby, must we now not run within the Derby we might level towards the Preakness, must we run within the Derby, matter to the race consequence and the situation of our horse, we might give him extra restoration time and relaxation and run within the Belmont, or some other race and keep on target to run with 5 – 6 weeks relaxation between races. “Obviously, with our super effort and win within the Derby it’s very, very tempting to change our direction and run within the Preakness at Pimlico, which might be a really perfect honor for all our staff, alternatively, after a lot dialogue and attention with my teacher, Eric Reed and a couple of others, we’re going to stick with our plan of what’s absolute best for Richie is what’s absolute best for our staff, and move on working within the Preakness, and level towards the Belmont in roughly 5 weeks. “We thank the glorious Preakness and Pimlico people that experience reached out to us & very a lot recognize the invite. “We want you all a really perfect race!!!!
Rich Strike was once now 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 sphere. With Rich Strike’s wonder withdrawal, the Derby champion has now not run within the Preakness in 2019 or 2021. The races we’re run out of order in 2020 as a result of the pandemic.
At odds of 80-1, Rich Strike was the longest shot to win the Kentucky Derby in additional than a century. Only Donerail at 91-1 in 1913 went off at longer odds.