The owners of the horse Rich Strike, winner of the Kentucky Derby last week with the Venezuelan Sonny León, desisted from entering him in the Preakness Stakes next Saturday, May 21, and are going straight to the 2.400 meters of the Belmont Stakes, announced for June 11 in New York.
The information was published on social networks and confirmed by Alberto Ettedgui on his Twitter account.
In this way, the chances of seeing a new triple crowned of the American equestrian are over, due to the non-participation of Rich Strike in the Pimlico race, Baltimore, after winning the 148th edition of the Kentucky Derby.
Apparently, the fast track of the Pimlico oval, as well as its tight curves and with less distance from the Derby, were the reasons for those close to the sorrel to jump the Preakness Stakes.
They will go directly for the mile and a half of the Belmont Stakes, a test that should have fewer participants and in a course in which the one trained by Eric R. Reed has shown that he can make his track skills effective.
Epicenter for revenge
The list of probable participants in the 147th edition of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico continues to increase, with trainer Steve Asmussen confirming the entry of the colt Epicenter, led by Dominican Joel Rosario.
Epicenter, second to Rich Strike in the Kentucky Derby, is considered a potential enemy of the one led by Venezuelan Sonny León, due to his campaign and performance in the Carrera de las Rosas
The son of Not This Time maintains his conditions at the Churchill Downs circuit and is expected to be transferred Pimlico days before the race, where he will seek revenge against the sorrel Rich Strik.
A potential enemy will be the mare “Secret Oath, winner of last week's Kentucky Oaks and the colts Early Voting, with José Luis Ortiz and Simplification, guided by John Velázquez.