The 2022 Kentucky Derby winner 'Rich Strike' shocked bettors and horse racing fans across the world by coming away with the victory at Churchill Downs after being slated as an improbable longshot at 80-1 odds.
Despite winning horse racing's biggest event, the thoroughbreds owner and trainer announced that the prize-winning horse will not be competing in the Preakness Stakes next weekend. Instead, the horse will next run at the Belmont Stakes in June.
For trainer Eric Reed and owner Rick Dawson, the decision came down to choosing what was best for the horse and everyone else involved versus the potentiality of becoming a triple crown winner.
"After very careful consideration, the owner and trainer of Rich Strike felt it was not in the best interest of the horse to run in the Preakness," a spokesperson for Reed told Yahoo Sports in a statement. "We look forward to returning in the Belmont."
While the track at Pimlico plays against Rich Strike's strengths', Belmont's setup is a lot more favorable. If we look at the health of the horse, Rich Strike has never competed in a race more than once every five weeks, with the Preakness falling in between that five-week layoff.
The Preakness Stakes takes place on Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico in Baltimore.
Only 13 horses have ever earned the sports' most prestigious award. To win the 'Triple Crown" a horse must win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. The last horse to do so was Justify in 2018.
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