Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will not take part in Preakness, ending Triple Crown bid

Kentucky derby winner Rich Strike will not run in Preakness.

Owner Rich Dawson made an astonishing announcement on Thursday, 10 days before the Maryland race. This means that the winner of the triple crown will not be for the fourth year in a row.

Dawson said he and coach Eric Reed had agreed to stick to Rich Strike’s original plan to rest for five weeks. Rich Strike, 80-1:was the biggest long-range strike victory in Derby in more than a century. Only Donerail paid more in 1913 to win.

The plan now is for Rich Strike to be ready for the June 11 Belmont Stakes. Dawson said it was best for the foal to rest and not run back to Pimlico for two weeks.

Rich Strike was expected to be the morning line favorite for Preakness as Derby runners-up Epicenter and Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath were to be part of the field.

With the unexpected departure of Rich Strike, the Derby champion did not run in Preakness in 2019 or 2021. Races are out of order in 2020 due to the epidemic.

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