The colt Rich Strike, brand new winner of the 2022 Kentucky Derby with the mount of the Venezuelan jockey Sonny León, resumed training with a view to participating next Saturday the 21st of this month in the 1.900 meters of the Preakness Stakes.
The now famous horse, son of the selective Keen Ice, confirmed during his first outing to the Mercury Equine Center track, under the watchful eye of his trainer Eric Redd, the good conditions he is going through after his conquest in the Carrera de las Rosas , according to what was published by the DRF web portal in Spanish.
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The colt galloped smoothly early Tuesday morning, as reported by Marty McGee (@DRFMcGee) via twitter, managing to satisfy his trainer. "So far so good," Reed said, expressing joy and some disbelief, adding: "Can you believe this?"
Eric Redd ratified his desire to enter Rich Strike in the 147th edition of the Preaknes Sakes, second rung of the American Triple Crown, a test in which he will face fewer specimens than those he had in the Kentucky Derby and other selective that will attend to the race that will have a prize of 1.500.00 dollars to distribute.
Sonny León for the double
Jockey Sonny León, the second Venezuelan to win a Kentucky Derby, will try to become the third Venezuelan to win the Preakness Stakes, won by Gustavo Ávila in 1971 with Cañonero and by Javier Castellano from Zulia in the 2006 seasons with Bernardini and in 2017 with Cloud computing.
León, 32 years old and with 770 victories in the American racetracks in eight years of campaign, will also seek to become the first Venezuelan jockey to win the coveted Triple Crown in the United States, with the colt Rich Strike, who after the Preakness Stakes , must participate in the mile and a half of the Belmont Stakes, next June, a competition that closes the cycle and the equestrian trilogy.
For now, the focus is on the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21, at Pimlico, Baltimore.
seven for tomorrow
According to information from the website equibase.com, Sonny León has seven commitments for tomorrow at the Beltertra Park racetrack, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The mounts of the Venezuelan are: Kentucky Cool in the first race; Check Out Line (2nd); Runway Dreamer (3rd); Gurl Afraid (5th); Passionate Heart (6th); Whiskey Sis (7th) and Sprinklehead (8th).
two more on saturday
And on Saturday Sonny will perform at Churchill Downs, the stage where he won the first of the triple crown in the United States.
That day she will lead Marcie's Candy in the second competition and Royal County in the ninth of the program.
He is likely to travel to Pimlico early next week.