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Horse Racing Needed Some Inspiration, and Rich Strike Supplied It

Now the newcomers intend to take Wealthy Strike to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes on Might 21 to race within the second jewel of the Triple Crown. They, together with the horse’s proprietor, Rick Dawson, have a possibility to reboot a sport battered by a disqualified Derby winner in 2021 and by suspended trainers, doping convictions and useless horses.

“We certain want it,” stated Reed, 57, referring to the enhance Wealthy Strike has given racing. “And right here we’re, some little guys who can assist the game. We confirmed that we will make this stuff occur with some luck, exhausting work and doing issues the appropriate method.”

Reed has needed to stand tall earlier than. He discovered his craft from his father, Herbert, a former coach, who stayed by his son’s facet for the complete Derby expertise.

“He’s been going to the monitor with me since he was 6 years outdated, and that’s no bull,” Herbert Reed stated. “He would go day by day. And when he was 8, he may put a spider bandage on a horse, and most of the people don’t even know what it’s anymore.”

When Eric Reed advised his father he needed to skip school to coach horses, Herbert Reed was completely happy that he had discovered one thing he beloved to do.

“My dad gave me two horses and stated, ‘You wish to be a coach?’” Eric Reed recalled. “‘Right here’s two horses. You’re a coach.’”

Greater than 9,000 races and 1,445 victories later, principally racked up on the backwater tracks of Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky, Reed’s horses have earned greater than $24 million in purses. The $1.8 million first-place test for successful the Derby was a windfall, however not sufficient to offer Reed a lifetime of ease. This week, he’ll saddle horses at Horseshoe Indianapolis, Mountaineer in West Virginia and Belterra.

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