Rich Strike tries to make more history in Friday’s Clark

Rich Strike tries to make more history in Friday’s Clark
Photo: Jennie Rees / Kentucky HBPA

Rich Strike is on the cusp of history Friday when he will attempt to become only the 15th Kentucky Derby winner in the last 148 years to be victorious in the Grade 1, $750,000 Clark Stakes.

Richie, as he is called by his owner Rick Dawson of RED TR Racing and by trainer Eric Reed, is the first Derby winner to attempt the Clark since Silver Charm won the 1998 edition.

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In the last century it has been extremely rare to even have a Derby winner attempt to run in the Clark, especially in his 3-year-old season. In 1970 Dust Commander returned to Churchill Downs for the Clark but only managed to finish third behind Watch Fob and Spud. It has been since 1901 when His Eminence won both the Kentucky Derby and the Clark as a 3-year-old.

“It might even be another good omen that it’s been a long time since someone has pulled this off, especially with what happened in the Derby being the second-longest price to ever win,” Reed said.

Rich Strike was tabbed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the Clark, where he will make his start 20 days after a troubled, fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“If you were to ask me three months ago if I would’ve ever considered running in both races, I likely would’ve said no,” Reed said. “Richie loves to train, and the way he bounced out of that Classic showed us that he’s ready to run again.”

The 1 1/8-mile Clark, which has been run every year since 1875 at Churchill Downs, will go as race 11 of 12 with a post time of 5:56 p.m. EST.

2022 Clark Stakes G1

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk West Will Power West Will Power
Bernardini
6.27 Brad H. Cox
Luis Saez
1st, 2022 Fayette Stakes G2 Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Fayette Stakes G2

Horse Silk Trademark Trademark
Upstart
5.17 Victoria H. Oliver
Martin Garcia
7th, 2022 Robert Hilton Memorial LS Entered
Last Race 7th, 2022 Robert Hilton Memorial LS

Horse Silk Rich Strike Rich Strike
Keen Ice
7.93 Eric R. Reed
Sonny Leon
4th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Classic G1 Entered
Last Race 4th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Classic G1

Horse Silk Proxy Proxy
Tapit
6.43 Michael Stidham
Joel Rosario
3rd, 2022 Stephen Foster G2 Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Stephen Foster G2

Horse Silk Last Samurai Last Samurai
Malibu Moon
5.23 D. Wayne Lukas
Tyler Gaffalione
3rd, 2022 Fayette Stakes G2 Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Fayette Stakes G2

Horse Silk Injunction Injunction
Skipshot
4.12 Carlo E Vaccarezza
Rafael Bejarano
2nd, 2022 Ack Ack G3 Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Ack Ack G3

Horse Silk Fulsome Fulsome
Into Mischief
6.02 Brad H. Cox
Florent Geroux
2nd, 2022 Fayette Stakes G2 Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Fayette Stakes G2

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