サプライズケンタッキーダービーの勝者リッチストライクがベルモントステークスのトラックに戻る

Rich Strike stunned the horse racing world when he won the ケンタッキーダービー last month and he’s back in action again at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

馬はダービーに入った 80-1 オッズ — the biggest long-shot in the 20-horse fieldafter only being added to the race when another horse dropped out the day before.
Despite the lack of expectation, Rich Strike surged through the field in a dramatic lung-busting finish to claim the most unlikely of victories.
    After skipping the プリークネスステークス, Rich Strike is now among the favorites to challenge for the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, ニューヨーク.

      ‘We think he’s just improving

        The Belmont is not only the last jewel in the coveted Triple Crown, it’s also the longest race at one-and-a-half miles.
        The extra distance and subsequent slower pace is likely to suit Rich Strike who has stamina to burn, as demonstrated by his finish in the Derby.
          His owners had always planned to skip the Preaknessending any hopes of a Triple Crown winner this yearin order to rest and prepare perfectly for the Belmont.
          It’s been an incredible ride, we’ve had a lot of fun with it. The horse is just doing superb,” Rich Strike’s owner Rick Dawson told reporters, before talking up his horse’s chances on Saturday.
          We’re not really sure we’ve seen the best of him. We think he’s just improving, so maybe Saturday, we’ll see. If he steps up a little bit, I think he wins this race.
          Rich Strike won the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

          Runners

          A smaller field of just eight horses will bid for victory with Mo Donegal and We The People joining Rich Strike as the bookmakerstop three choices.
          Epicenter, who was an unlucky runner-up in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, will not lineup in New York in order to give the horse a rest.
          The connectionsthe owners and trainersof Preakness winner Early Voting have also decided not to race the champion.

            How to watch

            The Belmont Stakes is set to run at 6:44 午後. ET on June 11. Those in the US can watch across NBC platforms.

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