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LOS ANGELES • The shock Kentucky Derby winner Wealthy Strike won’t compete on this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes as a result of fast turnaround.
This implies there will likely be no likelihood for a Triple Crown champion this 12 months. 

Wealthy Strike gained final weekend’s “Run for the Roses” on the second-longest odds within the race’s 148-year historical past, regardless of ranging from the dreaded Gate 20 and being entered for the race solely the day earlier than. 

“Clearly, with our large effort and win within the Derby, it’s very, very tempting to change our course and run within the Preakness at Pimlico, which might be an amazing honour for all our group,” stated Wealthy Strike’s proprietor, Rick Dawson, in an announcement. 

“Nevertheless, after a lot dialogue and consideration with my coach, Eric Reed, and some others, we’re going to stick with our plan of what’s greatest for Ritchie is what’s greatest for our group, and move on operating within the Preakness, and level towards the Belmont in roughly 5 weeks.” 

A horse should win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont in the identical 12 months to be heralded the Triple Crown champion.

Animal rights activists applauded Dawson’s resolution to place the horse’s welfare first. – REUTERS

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