Rich Strike: Preakness Stakes won’t be on the cards for the Kentucky Derby winner

“Our original plan for Rich Strike was subordinated to the KY Derby, if we were not to run in the Derby we would indicate Preakness, if we were to run in the Derby, based on the outcome of the race and the condition of our horse, we would give him more recovery time. and rest and run in the Belmont, or another race and stay on course to run with 5 or 6 weeks of rest between races, “the note reads.

Jockey Sonny Leon looks as surprised as anyone else by Rich Strike's long-distance victory in the Kentucky Derby

Dawson said it was “very, very tempting” to race in Preakness after the Derby win, adding that “it would be a great honor”.

“However, after much discussion and consideration with my coach, Eric Reed and a few others, we will stick with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie and what’s best for our group, and we’ll move on to racing in Preakness, and point out the Belmont in about 5 weeks, “the note reads.

The 147th Preakness Stakes will take place on May 21 at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

If Dawson’s strategy goes according to plan, Rich Strike will be back on track on June 11 for the 154th Belmont Stakes race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.