Now the newcomers intend to take Wealthy Strike to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes on Might 21 to race within the second jewel of the Triple Crown. They, together with the horse’s proprietor, Rick Dawson, have a chance to reboot a sport battered by a disqualified Derby winner in 2021 and by suspended trainers, doping convictions and lifeless horses.
“We certain want it,” mentioned Reed, 57, referring to the increase Wealthy Strike has given racing. “And right here we’re, some little guys who might help the game. We confirmed that we are able to make this stuff occur with some luck, onerous work and doing issues the best manner.”
Reed needed to stand tall earlier than. He realized his craft from his father, Herbert, a former coach, who stayed by his son’s facet for all the Derby expertise.
“He is been going to the monitor with me since he was 6 years outdated, and that is no bull,” Herbert Reed mentioned. “He would go day by day. And when he was 8, he might put a spider bandage on a horse, and most of the people do not even know what it’s anymore.”
When Eric Reed advised his father he wished to skip school to coach horses, Herbert Reed was blissful that he had discovered one thing he liked to do.
“My dad gave me two horses and mentioned, ‘You need to be a coach?'” Eric Reed recalled. “’This is two horses. You are a coach.’”
Greater than 9,000 races and 1,445 victories later, largely racked up on the backwater tracks of Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky, Reed’s horses have earned greater than $24 million in purses. The $1.8 million first-place examine for successful the Derby was a windfall, however not sufficient to offer Reed a lifetime of ease. This week, he’ll saddle horses at Horseshoe Indianapolis, Mountaineer in West Virginia and Belterra.