Loaded Strike’s group taking into consideration Preakness alternatives after upset

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Abundant Strike’s breathtaking Kentucky Derby upset has the sports activities world buzzing and led to a sleepless night time of celebration that Eric Reed was even now recovering from Sunday morning.The veteran coach and everyone all around him partied prolonged soon after the 80-1 extended shot pulled off a monumental feat on Saturday. As soon as their heads very clear, the upcoming phase will be decide irrespective of whether Wealthy Strike’s storybook journey carries on at the 147th Preakness on May 21 in Baltimore.“As extensive as he’s Ok and following a week I know that it’s the ideal issue to do, we’ll do it,” Reed explained Sunday early morning at Churchill Downs. “I have to do what I’ve performed from day 1 with this horse, and which is handle him and consider care of him.”Similar selections await for some of the favorites Wealthy Strike chased down late with Sonny Leon aboard on the way to clocking 2:02.61 in the 1 1/4-mile Derby.Though looking for redemption would be easy to understand for runner-up Epicenter — the 4-1 preferred who was just a quarter mile from giving Hall of Fame coach Steve Asmussen his very long-sought first Derby gain — the two-week turnaround for the 1 3/16th mile at Pimlico Race Course is a concern.Asmussen would like to give Epicenter’s operator, Ron Winchell, time to figure it out. His focus is the extensive-term foreseeable future for the horse, whose margin behind Abundant Strike and forward of third-put Zandon was just 3 quarters of a duration every single.“That’s the place I consider our accountability lies now, how do we make him 3-year previous winner?,” the trainer explained. “He’s a extremely talented horse, has really great capability and just was 2nd in the Derby. We have to have to map out a agenda that we feel can will make him the winner 3-yr-old.”Trainer Chad Brown was delighted with Zandon’s race but lamented not being in a position to get it. Todd Pletcher reported his Derby trio of Mo Donegal, Demand It and Pioneer of Medina ended up “doing well” but very likely headed back to New York immediately after finishing out of contention.Tim Yakteen, who took over Messier and 5-1 next selection Taiba for suspended Bob Baffert, reported the Preakness is in thought for Taiba.Tale continuesOne trainer with choices is D. Wayne Lukas, whose scratch of Ethereal Road on Friday ironically established in motion the series of functions culminating in Abundant Strike’s final-moment entry and ultimate victory.The 86-12 months-outdated Hall of Famer won his fifth Kentucky Oaks on Friday with filly Secret Oath and hinted at taking her to Maryland for both the Preakness or Black Eyed Susan Stakes for fillies on May perhaps 20. Mystery Oath ran nicely towards the boys in the Arkansas Derby, finishing just a few-quarter lengths driving runner-up Barber Street and winner Cyberknife. Ethereal Road could also be in engage in soon after a good exercise routine on Sunday.“The proprietors are quite mindful of the Grade 1s and the purses, so they’ll have an impression and I’ll regard it,” Lukas stated of Solution Oath’s prospects. “I think I’ll get the closing vote, nevertheless.”Not much away on the bottom, Reed and his new Derby champion were being packing up for Lexington, Kentucky, to put together for what ever arrives upcoming on and off the track.Admirers crowded around Barn 17 to see the unlikeliest of Derby winners, who appeared to deal with the attention perfectly as cameras clicked. Reed stated the colt’s urge for food was robust, a excellent sign of well being following his longest trip so much.1 speedy obstacle for Reed was answering hundreds of congratulatory texts right after his smaller procedure conquered horse racing’s marquee function — a whirlwind accomplishment built a lot more fulfilling coming on short observe.“Just finding in the Derby to me was like a get,” said Reed, who fell in the paddock and did not see Rich Strike’s finish. “I just can’t place into phrases how it feels, but I was so satisfied for my spouse (Kay) and my crew. And owning my dad beside me, that was the finest part for me.”Now, the sport awaits what Wealthy Strike’s team believes is finest for him.___Far more AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/apf-sports activities and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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