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Early Voting won’t race Rich Strike at Belmont Stakes

- Associated Press

After impressing with a strong workout, Rich Strike remains on track for the third leg of the Triple Crown. But there won’t be a showdown between the surprise Kentucky Derby champion and the Preakness winner. Early Voting’s owner and trainer confirmed the colt will bypass the Belmont.

Early Voting holds off Epicenter to win Preakness Stakes

- Associated Press

Early Voting held off hard-charging favorite Epicenter to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, validating the decision to skip the Kentucky Derby and aim for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Rich Strike’s team considering Preakness options after upset

- Associated Press

Veteran trainer Eric Reed and everybody around him partied long after the 80-1 long shot pulled off a monumental feat on Saturday. Once their heads clear, the next step will be to decide whether Rich Strike’s storybook journey continues at the 147th Preakness on May 21 in Baltimore.

80-1 shot Rich Strike races to huge upset in Kentucky Derby

- Associated Press

Jockey Sonny Leon guided Rich Strike from far back in the 20-horse field to beat 4-1 favorite Epicenter by three-quarters of a length. Zandon was another three-quarters of a length back in third at Churchill Downs in front of a crowd that included former President Donald Trump.

Horse racing’s new governing body in rush to starting gate

- Associated Press

With interest among the general public at its highest with the 148th Kentucky Derby coming up Saturday, horse racing is once again under intense scrutiny. The industry has been rocked by scandal in recent years, including the disqualification of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner, a horse doping conspiracy involving trainers and veterinarians, and the punishment of its highest-profile trainer.

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Baffert switches four Kentucky Derby hopefuls to other trainers

- Associated Press

Bob Baffert has transferred four of his promising 3-year-old colts to other trainers, which will allow them to earn qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby while the Hall of Fame trainer appeals his 90-day suspension.

Rombauer's Preakness Stakes victory fills horse racing with more questions

- Associated Press

With the Belmont Stakes on June 5 wrapping up the Triple Crown series, the sport is filled with more questions than answers. Even if Rombauer goes to the Belmont potentially facing Derby favorite Essential Quality and Preakness runner-up Midnight Bourbon, the focus will remain on Baffert and the medication of horses.

Rombauer pulls Preakness upset, Baffert's Medina Spirit 3rd

- Associated Press

Little-known Rombauer sprung an 11-1 upset to win the Preakness on Saturday, passing Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby winner to end a potential Triple Crown bid that would have carried a giant asterisk.