There shall be no Triple Crown champion this yr after the landlord of the Kentucky Derby winner Wealthy Strike introduced Thursday that his colt would skip the Preakness Stakes and run as an alternative within the Belmont Stakes.
The landlord, Rick Dawson, stated Wealthy Strike got here out of the Derby in effective form on Saturday. However he stated that he and the teacher, Eric Reed, had made up our minds to not push the colt into the second one leg of the Triple Crown in Baltimore on Would possibly 21 after most effective two weeks of leisure, particularly after successful The usa’s most famed horse race (and a legion of lovers) as an 80-1 shot.
The colt didn’t even draw into the Derby box till the day ahead of the race, when Airy Street was once scratched.
“Our unique plan for Wealthy Strike was once contingent at the Kentucky Derby. Will have to we now not run within the Derby we might level towards the Preakness,” Dawson stated in a remark. “Will have to we run within the Derby, topic to the race end result and the situation of our horse, we might give him extra restoration time.”
Dawson stated one conceivable plan was once to run the pony, nicknamed Ritchie, within the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 11, however in any match to offer him 5 to 6 weeks between races.
“Clearly, with our super effort and win within the Derby, it’s very, very tempting to vary our path and run within the Preakness at Pimlico, which might be a perfect honor for all our workforce,” Dawson stated. “On the other hand, after a lot dialogue and attention with my teacher, Eric Reed, and a couple of others, we’re going to stick with our plan of what’s best possible for Ritchie is what’s best possible for our workforce, and move on working within the Preakness, and level towards the Belmont in roughly 5 weeks.”
In a remark, Reed stated of the pony: “What issues maximum is what’s best possible for him. We hate the verdict we needed to make nevertheless it was once the fitting one.”
However Dawson and Reed had cautioned that sending Wealthy Strike to Baltimore was once no positive factor. At Churchill Downs, the house of the Derby in Louisville, Ky., the colt was once on a racetrack the place he had gained ahead of (through 17 lengths). The observe is conducive to Wealthy Strike’s late-closing taste.
The Preakness is one-sixteenth of a mile shorter than the Derby, and the configuration of Pimlico Race Path options tighter turns and calls for extra agility.
There additionally figures to be a long way fewer horses than the 20 that confirmed up in Louisville and none is prone to set the similar blistering early tempo that complemented Wealthy Strike’s overdue flip of foot. Within the Derby, the colt stuck Epicenter and Zandon, who had been tiring after monitoring the early leaders.
The defection of Wealthy Strike way Epicenter, who completed 2nd within the Derby and is dedicated to the Preakness, is now the most likely favourite to win the second one jewel within the Triple Crown.
The mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes, with its giant sweeping turns, must assist Wealthy Strike flip in his best possible effort, particularly after 5 weeks’ leisure.
Or no less than that’s what Dawson and Reed are having a bet.
They proved canny after they set their attractions on getting Wealthy Strike into the Derby, as did bettors who believed within the colt. Wealthy Strike paid $163.60 on a $2 guess to win. Simplest Donerail in 1913 had a better payout, at $184.90.
Nonetheless, it’s all the time disappointing for horse racing lovers when a Triple Crown bid isn’t at the desk. And Wealthy Strike had a in particular compelling again tale that touched even those that don’t seem to be lovers of the game.
He was once bought in a claiming race for $30,000. The colt is the one horse Dawson has in coaching. Wealthy Strike’s rider, Sonny Leon, a 32-year-old from Venezuela, additionally has a working-class pedigree. He was once the Eleventh-ranked rider within the country final yr, however piled up the ones victories most commonly at backwater tracks in Ohio. He had by no means gained a graded stakes race ahead of the Derby, and Dawson, Reed and Leon had been all making their Derby debuts.
In 2019, Nation Area changed into the primary Kentucky Derby winner to skip the second one leg of the Triple Crown since Grindstone in 1996. Nation Area had completed 2nd within the Derby however was once increased to first after racing officers disqualified Most Safety, who crossed the road first, for interfering with a number of horses.
Invoice Mott, who skilled Nation Area, stated the colt had advanced a cough. The Derby became out to be the colt’s final race. He now stands as a stallion in Kentucky.