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The Preakness Stakes are the second leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing, but this year any chance of a Thoroughbred winning all three events has been nullified.
Rich Strike managers announced last week that the Kentucky Derby winner would not compete in the Preakness Stakes, opting to give the colt a rest before the Belmont Stakes in June.
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Rick Dawson, the owner of RED TR-Racing who owns the colt, released a statement, saying their plans still depend on what happens with them at the Kentucky Derby. As the win made it more tempting to run for the Triple Crown, the team decided against it.
“Our original plan for Rich Strike was dependent on the KY Derby, if we didn’t run in the Derby we would point to the Preakness, if we ran in the Derby, subject to the outcome of the race and the condition of our horse, we would give him more recovery and rest time and race in the Belmont, or another race and stay on course to race with 5 or 6 weeks of rest between races,” Dawson’s statement read.
“Obviously with our tremendous effort and victory in the Derby there is a very, very tempting change of course and a run into the Preakness at Pimlico which would be a great honor for all of our group, however, after many many discussions and thoughts with my trainer, Eric Reed and a few others, we’re going to stick with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie is what’s best for our group, and keep running in the Preakness, and pointing to the Belmont in about 5 weeks.”
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The absence of Rich Strike, who was an 80-1 longshot to win the Kentucky Derby, means Epicenter is back in the fold as the favorite to win the race.
Epicenter arrives in the Preakness with 6-5 chances to win. The horse trained by Steve Asmussen finished second in the Derby and attracted the No. 8 post for the Preakenss.
Fenwick, a 50-1 shot by Horse Racing Nation, hopes to ride the same wave as Rich Strike.
“I think there are three or four horses to pass here, personally, and I’m far behind them,” Fenwick trainer Kevin McKathan said earlier in the week. “Steve’s horse (Epicentre) is obviously the ball in. Tami Bobo’s horse, Simplification, runs hard every time, then Wayne’s filly, she’s special, so you have to outrun her. And the others, they are there and we have to support them.”
There were only nine horses ready to go for the Preakness.
Here’s what you need to know about the event.
Who is running and what are the odds?
1). Simplification (John Velazquez) 6-1
2). Minister of Creation (Brian Hernandez Jr.) 10-1
3). Fenwick (Florent Geroux) 50-1
4). Secret Oath (Luis Saez) 9-2
5). Early Voting (Jose Ortiz) 7-2
6). Happy Jack (Tyler Gaffalione) 30-1
7). Armagnac (Irad Ortiz Jr.) 12-1)
8). Epicenter (Joel Rosario) 6-5
9). Skippy Longstocking (Junior Alvarado) 20-1
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Or: Pimlico Racecourse, Baltimore, Maryland
When: May 21, 2022
Expected posting time: 6:45 p.m. ET