Rich Strike's owner, Rick Dawson, told reporters in a statement Thursday that the horse is pointed toward the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, on June 11.
Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will not run in the Preakness Stakes on May 21, the horse's owner confirmed Thursday.
Rick Dawson, Rich Strike's owner, told reporters in a statement that the horse is pointed toward the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, on June 11.
"We are going to stay with our plan of what's best for Ritchie is what's best for our group," Dawson said.
Rich Strike won last Saturday's Kentucky Derby at 80-1 odds, making him the second-biggest longshot in race history. He was only entered in the field of 20 the day before the race because another horse withdrew.
Country House, who won the 2019 Kentucky Derby by disqualification, did not run in the Preakness. Before that, the most recent winner to miss the Preakness was Grindstone in 1996, because of an injury.
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