Longshot Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will not enter the Preakness Stakes to chase a Triple Crown.
Owner Rick Dawson released a statement Thursday saying his horse will skip the May 21 Preakness to get more rest and recovery time ahead of the Belmont Stakes on June 11.
Dawson admitted that racing in the Preakness was "very, very tempting," but said he and trainer Eric Reed are "going to stay with our plan of what's best for Ritchie."
"We thank the wonderful Preakness Pimlico folks that have reached out to us very much appreciate the invite," Dawson's statement concludes. "We wish you all a great race!!!!"
At 80-to-1 odds, Rich Strike and jockey Sonny Leon stunned the horse racing world with last Saturday's victory at Churchill Downs over favorites Epicenter and Zandon.
The 13th and most recent Triple Crown winner was Justify in 2018.
--Field Level Media