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Kentucky Derby Winner Rich Strike Will Not Compete In Preakness

Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby as an 80-1 longshot - but he won't be winning the Triple Crown...

On Thursday, owner Rick Dawson announced that Rich Strike would sit out next weekend's Preakness Stakes to focus on preparing for the Belmont Stakes.

148th Kentucky Derby

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Dawson added that it was "tempting" to enter the Preakness, but decided to give Rich Strike more resting time for the Belmont on June 11th.

"Our original plan for Rich Strike was contingent on the KY Derby, should we not run in the Derby we would point toward the Preakness, should we run in the Derby, subject to the race outcome & the condition of our horse, we would give him more recovery time & rest and run in the Belmont, or another race and stay on course to run with 5 or 6 weeks rest between races," Dawson said in a statement.

The Preakness Stakes will be run on May 21st at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Is this the right call? Or should Dawson have gone ahead and trusted the longshot odds?! Tweet us your thoughts @ConwayShow!

Read the full report on ESPN.

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