Kentucky Derby champion Rich Strike will certainly not run in the Preakness as well as will certainly instead directly to the Belmont Stakes, proprietor Rick Dawson has announced.
The Eric Reed-trained colt generated a significant 80-1 dismayed win at Churchill Downs on Saturday, powering up the rail under a passionate Sonny Leon flight to defeat race preferred Epicenter and the well-fancied Zandon.
In a statement provided with the Maryland Jockey Club, Dawson claimed: “Our original plan for Rich Strike was contingent on the Kentucky Derby, ought to we not run in the Derby we would point towards the Preakness, ought to we run in the Derby, based on the race outcome and also the condition of our equine, we would provide him extra healing time and remainder and run in the Belmont, or another race and also stay on course to run with 5 or 6 weeks rest in between races.
“Obviously, with our remarkable effort and also win in the Kentucky Derby it’s really, extremely alluring to modify our program and also run in the Preakness at Pimlico, which would be a wonderful honour for all our group. Nevertheless, after much discussion as well as factors to consider with my instructor, Eric Reed and also a few others, we are mosting likely to stay with our plan of what’s finest for Ritchie (Rich Strike) is what’s ideal for our group, as well as hand down running in the Preakness, and also point towards the Belmont in approximately five weeks.