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Rich Strike’s owner plans to skip the Preakness

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Rich Strike, the magical horse, who pulled a historic upset at the Kentucky Derby, will not be competing in the three Triple Crown events. Maybe two.

Owner Rick Dawson said that he will like to span out the horse races for his horse. Therefore, he will not be competing in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland.

Horse Rich Strike and his jockey after winning the 2022 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
Rich Strike and his jockey after winning the 2022 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (Photo by the Kentucky Derby/Facebook)

“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 honor for all our group,” he said. “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.”

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Rich Strike was an 80-1 underdog when the horse won the first event of the historic Triple Crown. Justify was the last horse to win the Triple Crown in 2018.

There have been thirteen horses to etch their names in history by winning the Triple Crown. A horse has to sweep the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, then win the Belmont Stakes for the Triple Crown.

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The next race in the Triple Crown is slated for Saturday, May 21st, at Pimlico in Baltimore. The final race for the Triple Crown is scheduled for June 11th at Belmont Park in New York.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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