Kentucky Derby Winner Rich Strike Will Not Run Preakness Stakes

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Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will not run the Preakness Stakes, according to owner Rich Dawson.

Dawson says that he and trainer Eric Reed are sticking with the initial plan for Rich Strike to rest for five weeks following Churchill Downs. Rich Strike, the biggest long shot to win the Derby in over a century at 80-1 odds, was not set to participate in the Kentucky Derby until a late scratch the day before the race.

The decision to not run at Pimlico means it will be the fourth consecutive year that there will be no Triple Crown winner.

“It’s very, very tempting to alter our course and run in the Preakness at Pimlico, which would be a great honor for all our group,” Dawson said in a news release, via the Associated Press. “However, after much discussion and consideration … we are going to stay with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie.”

Rich Strike will rest and look forward to the Belmont Stakes on June 11.

The 147th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland — also known as The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans — will take place on Saturday, May 21.

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