Why Rich Strike, winner of the 2022 Kentucky Derby, isn’t competing in the Preakness Stakes

Just days after Rich Strike’s unlikely win in the Kentucky Derby, owner Rick Dawson announced that the horse would not be competing in the upcoming Preakness Stakes. Rich Strike’s withdrawal from Preakness on May 21st will end the horse’s chances for the Triple Crown.

Rich Strike’s spectacular Derby victory, in which he stormed out of midfield and won by 80-1 odds, created a somewhat unforeseen scenario. The horse was not even allowed to take part in the race 24 hours beforehand.

The decision to skip the preakness was made in the interests of the horse’s rest and recovery, Dawson said.

“Obviously, given our tremendous effort and our Derby win, it’s very, very tempting to change course and compete in Preakness at Pimlico, which would be a great honor for our entire group.” said Dawson. “However, after a lot of discussion and reflection with my trainer Eric Reed and a few others, we’re going to stick with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie, what’s best for our group, and passing on the running at Preakness and that’s kind of what the Belmont are pointing to 5 weeks.

“Thank you to the wonderful folks at Preakness & Pimlico who reached out to us and really appreciate the invitation.”

Future plans for Rich Strike have always depended on what happened at the Kentucky Derby. The original one the trainers are sticking with is to give the horse rest and recovery before the Belmont Stakes on June 11th.

Rich Strike is the first Kentucky Derby winner not to compete in the Preakness since 2019, when Country House did not compete after being disqualified from Maximum Security after receiving the Derby victory.

With Rich Skipping Strike Preakness, Justify will remain the youngest horse to win the Triple Crown, and that’s in 2018.

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Justin Scacco

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