STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports activities Author
Wealthy Strike will not run in Preakness after his main upset to win the Kentucky Derby, stopping horse racing from turning into the fourth consecutive 12 months Triple Crown winner.
Proprietor Wealthy Dawson made the hanging announcement on Thursday, 10 days earlier than the race in Maryland.
Dawson stated he and coach Eric Reed agreed to stay with Wealthy Strike’s preliminary plan and provides him 5 weeks off. The 80-1 Wealthy Strike was the longest shot to win the Derby in over a century. Solely in 1913 did Donerail pay extra to win.
The plan now’s to get Wealthy Strike able to compete within the Belmont Stakes on June 11. Dawson stated it was clever for the colt to take further relaxation to keep away from a brief two-week comeback at Pimlico.
“It is very, very tempting to vary course and run at Preakness at Pimlico, which might be an excellent honor for our whole group,” Dawson stated in a information launch. “Nevertheless, after a lot dialogue and consideration… we’ll stick with our plan for what’s finest for Ritchie.
“We thank the fantastic individuals of Preakness and Pimlico who reached out to us and significantly respect the invitation.”
Reed didn’t instantly reply to a message asking for remark.
Wealthy Strike was not anticipated to be a morning favourite for Preakness, with Derby runner-up Epicenter and Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath going to be a part of the pitch. He might have been the primary Derby winner to not emerge as a post-Preakness occasions favourite since 2012, after I’ll Have One other gained the primary two legs of the Triple Crown.
With Wealthy Strike’s shock withdrawal, Preakness will go with out an official Derby champion for the second time in 4 years. Nation Home and disqualified Most Safety skipped the race in 2019.
Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit completed third within the 2021 Preakness after testing optimistic for a substance not allowed on race day in post-Derby exams. Rising to a 2021 Derby win lengthy after Medina Spirit examined optimistic, Mandaloun did not compete in Preakness final 12 months.
Wealthy Strike’s absence from the Derby courtroom at Churchill Downs has been one of many largest upsets within the sport as he beat the leaders. The house owners, Reed and jockey Sonny Leon, had by no means gained the race.
Including to the compelling storyline, Wealthy Strike had solely had one earlier than, and $30,000 had been claimed—unlikely for penny and Derby caliber horses in races.
Neither Reed nor the Maryland Jockey Membership instantly responded to a message searching for remark.
As Wealthy Strike factors out Belmont, Preakness appears like a wide-open race with horses getting back from Derby, doubtlessly together with Zandon and Simplify, who completed in fourth place. Chad Brown, the coach who saddles Zandon, can be anticipated to enter the Early Voting.
There have been two current Triple Crown winners in horse racing: American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify in 2018. Every was skilled by Baffert, who’s at present serving a suspension in Kentucky for noticed drug abuses in Maryland and elsewhere. Baffert transferred Derby horses Taiba and Messier to his former assistant Tim Yakteen.