There will be no Triple Crown champion this year after the owner of the Kentucky Derby Rich Strike winner announced on Thursday that his donkey would jump the Preakness Mountains and instead run into the Belmont Mountains.
The owner, Rick Dawson, said the Wealth Strike came from Derby in good condition on Saturday. But he said that he and his trainer, Eric Reed, decided not to push the donkey into the second round of the Third Crown in Baltimore on May 21 after a two-week break, especially after winning the most famous American horse race (and a. Group). of fans) like 80-1 shooting.
The donkey did not even move to Derby until the day before the race, when Ethereal Road was torn down.
“Our original plan for the Wealth Strike was based on the Kentucky Derby. If we did not run to the Derby we would head towards Preakness,” Dawson said in a statement. “If we were to run to the Derby, depending on the outcome of the race and the condition of our horses, we would give him more time to recover.”
Dawson said one possible plan was to run a horse, nicknamed Ritchie, at Belmont Stakes in New York on June 11, but in any case give him five to six weeks between races.
“Obviously, with our great efforts and win in Derby, it is very exciting to change our course and run in Preakness in Pimlico, which will be a great honor for our team,” Dawson said. “However, after much discussion and consideration with my coach, Eric Reed, and a few others, we will remain with our plan of what is best for Ritchie what is best for our team, and continue to run in Preakness, and sure. Towards Belmont in approx. five weeks. ”
In a statement, Reed said of the horse: “What matters most is what is best for him. We hate the decision we had to make but it was right. ”
But Dawson and Reed had warned that sending a Strike to Baltimore was unthinkable. At Churchill Downs, Derby’s home in Louisville, Ky., The donkey was on the track where he had previously won (height 17). This song is well suited to Rich Strike’s late closing style.
Preakness is one of sixteen miles shorter than the Derby, and the Pimlico Race Course configuration highlights the more complex turns and claims the quicker.
There are also statistics of having fewer than 20 horses in Louisville and no one can set the same early rate of blisters that completed the late Rich Strike turn. In Derby, the donkey caught Epicenter and Zandon, who were exhausted after chasing the early leaders.
Rich Strike’s commitment means Epicenter, who finished second in the Derby and is committed to Preakness, is now expected to win a second prize in the Third Crown.
The one-and-a-half-mile Belmont Stakes, along with its large turns, should help the Wealth Strike change its best efforts, especially after a five-week break.
Or at least that’s how Dawson and Reed gamble.
They proved foolish when they set their sights on getting the Wealth Strike at Derby, as did the mockers who trusted the donkey. Rich Strike paid $ 163.60 for a $ 2 bet to win. Only Donerail in 1913 had the highest payment, at $ 184.90.
Still, it disappoints horse lovers when the Third Crown tender is not on the table. And Rich Strike had a very interesting story that touched even those who are not fans of the game.
He was bought in a race for $ 30,000. The donkey is the only horse that Dawson has in training. Rich Strike rider Sonny Leon, 32, from Venezuela, also has a working class family. He was the 11th rider listed in the nation last year, but he collected the victory mainly in the backwaters of Ohio. He had never won a cross-country race before Derby, and Dawson, Reed and Leon were all playing their first Derby matches.
In 2019, Country House was the first Kentucky Derby winner to win the second round of the Third Crown since Grindstone in 1996. Country House had finished second in the Derby but was elevated to first after race officials denied Top Security, who crossed the line. the first. , by interfering with several horses.
Bill Mott, who taught him Country House, said the donkey had a cough. The Derby turned out to be the last donkey race. He now stands as a horse in Kentucky.