Rich Strike skips Kentucky Cup, next race April 22
Winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1) rich attack His 2023 debut is delayed after he won a quarter in practice and will instead aim for a race on April 22 in either Keeneland or Oaklawn Parkaccording to coach Eric Reed.
4 year old son of Ice Keen campaigned by Rick Dawson’s RED TR-Racing was scheduled to begin in the $300,000 Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes on March 25 at Race Park. Dawson announced on Facebook the decision to skip the Kentucky Cup due to a “non-serious issue”.
“He’s got a spot the size of your fingernail, it’s a little rough, and it’ll take three or four days to heal,” says Reed. was out on the track this morning and is fine.”
Reed said he’s looking at $300,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) at Keeneland for 1 3/16 miles or $1 million Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for 1 1/8 miles.
“Obviously he’s enjoyed the Keeneland track, but I think he’ll handle any track and the Oaklawn race is a bigger one,” Reed said. “We’re going to scale the competition and decide where we’re going. I don’t want to do anything that I’ve done differently with him since day one. I don’t want to ‘probably’ lie down. in the equation.”
Rich Strike has a career record of 2-1-3 from 13 starts and earns $2,508,989.