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the Preakness Stakes is the second stop 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 this last week the winner of the Kentucky Derby will not go ahead with the Preakness Stakes, opting to give the colt some rest before the Belmont Stakes in June.
Rick Dawson, the owner of RED TR-Racing who owns the colt, released a statement, saying their plans were always conditioned by what would happen. happen with them at the Kentucky Derby. While the win made things more tempting to race for the Triple Crown, the team decided against it.
“Our original plan for Rich Strike was subordinated to the KY Derby, if we were not to run in the Derby we would indicate Preakness, if we were to run in the Derby, based on the outcome of the race and the condition of our horse, we would give him more recovery time. and rest and run in the Belmont, or another race and stay on course to run with 5 or 6 weeks of rest between races, ”Dawson’s statement read.
“Obviously, with our huge effort and victory in the Derby it is very, very tempting to change course and race in Preakness at Pimlico which would be a great honor for our whole group, however, after much discussion and consideration with my coach. , Eric Reed and a few others, we’ll stick with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie is what’s best for our group, and we’ll move on to racing in Preakness and aiming for Belmont in about 5 weeks. “
The absence of Rich Strike, which was an 80-1 long shot to win the Kentucky Derby, means that Epicenter has returned to the fold as the favorite to win the contest.
Epicenter enters the Preakness with 6-5 odds of winning. The horse trained by Steve Asmussen finished second in the Derby and drew the no. 8 posts for the Preakens.
Fenwick, a 50-1 shot by horse racing nationhopes to ride the same wave as Rich Strike.
“I think there are three or four horses to race here, personally, and I’m way behind them,” Fenwick coach Kevin McKathan said earlier in the week. “Steve’s horse (Epicenter) is obviously the bullet that comes in. Tami Bobo’s horse, Simplification, runs hard every time and then Wayne’s filly, it’s special, so you have to get over it. And the rest of them, they’re there and we have to bear them “.
There were only nine horses ready for Preakness.
Here’s what to know about the event.
Who runs and what are the odds?
1). Simplification (John Velazquez) 8-1
2). Creative Ministers (Brian Hernandez Jr.) 9-1
3). Fenwick (Florent Geroux) 7-1
4). Secret oath (Luis Saez) 9-2
5). Early voting (Jose Ortiz) 6-1
6). Happy Jack (Tyler Gaffalione) 8-1
7). Armagnac (Irad Ortiz Jr) 18-1
8 °). Epicenter (Gioele Rosario) 6-5
9). Skippy long socks (Junior Alvarado) 20-1
How to watch?
Where: Pimlico Racecourse, Baltimore, Maryland
when: May 21, 2022
Expected publication time: 6:45 pm ET
TV: NBC / NBCSports.com