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Derby Winner Rich Strike Wisely Wimps Out on Preakness: David Papadopoulos

Rich Strike storms to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
Rich Strike storms to victory in the Kentucky Derby.Source: Getty Images North America

The owners of the 80-1 upset winner of the Kentucky Derby should be applauded. They made a wise decision in skipping the Preakness Stakes on Saturday and saving Rich Strike for other races down the line.

The horse wasn’t going to win the Preakness, let alone the Triple Crown. His Derby victory was a fluke, the result of circumstance. His owners know it, the trainer knows it, the groom knows it, the jockey knows it, the hot walker knows it, heck even the horse knows it.