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Rich Strike’s handlers praised for ‘refreshing’ decision to keep horse out of Preakness

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The decision to keep Rich Strike out of the Preakness after the colt’s historic Kentucky Derby victory last week received praise on Thursday.

Owner Richard Dawson, trainer Eric Reed and others involved with the Derby winner agreed to rest the horse instead of pursuing a Triple Crown and will keep the thoroughbred out of the second race, opting to wait until the Belmont Stakes next month.

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Trainer Eric Reed holds the trophy after Rich Strike won the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2022, in Louisville.
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Marty Irby, the executive director of Animal Wellness Action, released a statement praising Dawson.

“We applaud the Rich…


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