ELMONT, NY – While there’s no Triple Crown on the line in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, there’s no shortage of intriguing storylines associated with the 154th running of the “Test of Champions.”
And none is more compelling than the rags-to-riches tale of Rich Strike, who stunned the Kentucky Derby field at 81-1 with an epic late surge. After bypassing the Preakness, Rich Strike, a talented closer, is the third choice in the morning line heading into the grueling 1-1 / 2 mile race.
“Just an incredible ride, as you can imagine if you are around horses at all, or even if you’re not around horses, from where we were,” said Rick Dawson, who claimed Rich Strike for $ 30,000 last September.
“When the bell rings it’s up to (jockey) Sonny (Leon) to get him the right spot and see if we can’t get him home.”