BREAKING: Rich Strike Won’t Run in Preakness, NBA Playoffs

Rich Strike, the 80-1 longshot winner of last week’s Kentucky Derby, will not run in the Preakness Stakes on May 21 at Pimlico Race Course. Rich Strike owner Rich Dawson, who is looking forward to Rich Strike’s return for the Belmont Stakes on June 11, released this statement Thursday morning:

“Obviously, with our tremendous effort and win in the Derby, 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 statement. “However, after much discussion and consideration with my trainer, Eric Reed, and a few others, we are going to stay with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie is what’s best for our group and pass on running in the Preakness and point toward the Belmont in approximately five weeks.”

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