BALTIMORE — There are not any regrets from the camp of the Kentucky Derby champion, Wealthy Strike, for skipping the Preakness Stakes on Saturday and forgoing a Triple Crown bid.
Wealthy Strike’s coach, Eric Reed, was with him at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Friday and, after watching him flip in a robust gallop, says that he’s satisfied that ready for the Belmont Stakes in three weeks is the best name .
In Louisville on Saturday, Wealthy Strike could have a timed exercise and, if all goes effectively, Reed plans to ship the colt to Belmont Park on Might 30.
“I hate not being on the Preakness, however Wealthy Strike is exhibiting us by the best way he is coaching that we did the best factor,” Reed stated by phone Friday. “I simply stored going again to how he would not be mentally able to run in two weeks. Now, he is performing like a robust and alert horse.”
The time away from the limelight additionally has been good for Reed and Wealthy Strike’s proprietor, Rick Dawson. Within the roughly two minutes that the 80-1 shot Wealthy Strike took to weave his approach to victory within the Derby, the pair went from unknown horsemen to Everyman heroes.
They appeared on community morning exhibits and did numerous media interviews. Reed couldn’t wait to get again to the morning routine of coaching his horses on his Lexington, Ky., farm, then racing them within the afternoons at tracks in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia.
“We’re nonetheless on cloud 9, however working onerous has put our toes again on the bottom, and me and my guys know we have to concentrate on what’s forward,” Reed stated.
The center jewel of the Triple Crown, nevertheless, doesn’t lack star energy — the filly Secret Oath is taking over the boys after an emphatic victory within the Kentucky Oaks. She is making an attempt to develop into solely the seventh filly to win the Preakness and is skilled by the Corridor of Famer D. Wayne Lukas.
Secret Oath would be the forty sixth horse saddled by Lukas for the Preakness. Nobody has had extra. Lukas, 86, has received right here six instances — his first victory on the Preakness, in 1980, was a controversial one after his colt, Codex, beat the Kentucky Derby winner Real Danger, a filly, in a roughly ridden race.
Lukas likes his probabilities.
“Being a filly, she’s actual rangy and slight-built anyhow. She is not tucked up. I really feel fairly good about her,” he stated. “I truly assume that she is coaching higher these two weeks than she did the 2 weeks earlier than the Oaks. Even with the journey right here, it looks as if she is taking a maintain of it. That may be maturity and moving into the groove of what we actually wish to do.”
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Epicenter leads the remainder of the pack.
Whereas a number of Derby contestants inevitably skip the Preakness in favor of the Belmont or one of many marquee summer season races, those who do stick round — on this case Epicenter (second on the Derby), Simplification (fourth) and Pleased Jack (14th) — must take care of what horseplayers check with as new shooters, or those that didn’t run within the Derby and as an alternative targeted on the Preakness, the $1.5 million crown jewel of Pimlico Race Course.
Final 12 months, Rombauer adopted this path to an upset victory within the Preakness. This 12 months, Early Voting, the calmly raced second-place finisher within the Wooden Memorial, is seeking to do the identical. His coach, Chad Brown, made the powerful name to carry him out of the derby regardless of qualifying for the race. Brown and the colt’s proprietor, Seth Klarman, used this playbook earlier than with the 2017 Preakness victor, Cloud Computing.
“With Seth being a Baltimore native, it is a vital race to him, and he’d be honored to win it a second time,” Brown stated. “So it is not a disappointing objective to shoot for. We maintain the race in excessive regard, and we wish to do the best factor for the horse for the long run, too, past the derby and the preakness.”
One other new shooter, Inventive Minister, wasn’t even on the Derby path. His first race was in March, however after two spectacular wins in three begins, his homeowners paid a $150,000 supplemental charge to make him eligible for the Preakness and the Belmont.
Rounding out the sphere of 9 are Armagnac, who was beforehand skilled by the embattled Bob Baffert; Fenwick, skilled by Kevin McKathan, who runs a coaching heart for younger horses that produced the likes of American Pharoah and Silver Allure; and Skippylongstocking, who has 4 dark-colored legs, or stockings.
The celebration within the infield returns, in a giant method.
Tales concerning the infield celebration on the Preakness are legendary: the coolers of beer, the portable-toilet races, the bikini contests, the couches introduced in from the streets.
Via the years, there have been increasingly more restrictions to curb additional rowdy — by infield requirements — habits, however final 12 months’s occasion could have been the tamest of all of them. Due to the pandemic, organizers capped attendance at 10,000 individuals, which included the infield. The live performance went on, nevertheless, and 400 pods, which sat between 4 and eight individuals every, had been organized on the grass separated by metallic fencing. 2 Chainz, D-Good and Main Lazer carried out.
However the full-on celebration that Preakness-goers know and love — a dizzying compilation of high musical acts and bottomless mugs of beer — is again and now stretches throughout two days.
On Friday, a day historically headlined by the Black-Eyed Susan race for fillies, the inaugural Preakness Reside Culinary, Artwork and Music Competition might be held, with performances by Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Brittney Spencer and others. The celeb cooks Tom Colicchio, Marcus Samuelsson and Gail Simmons and native cooks will present meals demonstrations, and native artists could have installations in what’s being known as the artwork backyard.
On Saturday, the normal InfieldFest returns, headlined by Marshmello, the Chainsmokers and MoneyBagg Yo. Possibly there’ll even be sightings of the legendary centaur mascot, Kegasus.
So let the prolonged debauchery start—this time, many hopes, by no means to be interrupted once more.