Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike skips Preakness

Rich Strike will not be competing for the Triple Crown.

Rick Dawson, owner of the thoroughbred who was the unlikely winner of the Kentucky Derby after entering the race at odds of 80 to 1, announced Thursday that the horse will not compete in the Preakness Stakes.

“Obviously with our tremendous effort and victory in the Derby there is a very, very tempting move to alter our course and run into the Preakness at Pimlico which would be a great honor for our whole group,” said Dawson. in a press release.

“However, after many discussions and considerations with my trainer, Eric Reed, and a few others, we will stick with our plan of what is best for Ritchie is what is best for our group, and move on to running in the Preakness, and point to the Belmont in about 5 weeks.

The Preakness Stakes take place on Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico in Baltimore.

Thirteen horses have won the Triple Crown – Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes – in history. The last to do so was Justify in 2018.

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