LOS ANGELES • The marvel Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t compete on this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes because of the short turnaround.
This way there will probably be no probability for a Triple Crown champion this 12 months.
Rich Strike received closing weekend’s “Run for the Roses” on the second-longest odds within the race’s 148-year historical past, in spite of ranging from the scary Gate 20 and being entered for the race most effective the day prior to.
“Obviously, with our tremendous effort and win in the Derby, it’s very, very tempting to alter our course and run in the Preakness at Pimlico, which would be a great honour for all our group,” stated Rich Strike’s proprietor, Rick Dawson, in a commentary.
“However, after much discussion and consideration with my trainer, Eric Reed, and a few others, we are going to stay with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie is what’s best for our group, and pass on running in the Preakness, and point toward the Belmont in approximately five weeks.”
A horse should win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont in the similar 12 months to be heralded the Triple Crown champion.
Animal rights activists applauded Dawson’s choice to place the pony’s welfare first. – REUTERS