KY Derby-winning trainer Eric Reed Discusses Rich Strike and pre-Belmont Stakes Work

KY Derby-winning trainer and longtime Kentucky horseman Eric Reed speaks about Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike after he works between races at Churchill Downs for the Belmont Stakes:

Eric Reed spoke with the media after his 80-1 Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike worked five-eighths of a mile between Churchill Downs’ fifth and sixth race on Memorial Day. He left Tuesday, May 31st for Belmont Park and New York’s Belmont Stakes contested on June 11th. The Kentucky Derby winner’s was timed in 59 seconds flat for the five-eighths (similar to his last work before the Derby) with splits of 11.80, 23.20, 34.80 and out in 1:12 flat under exercise rider Gabe Lagunes.

Video of Rich Strike’s work (5F in 59 seconds) between races at Churchill Downs for the Belmont Stakes.


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About the Kentucky HBPA

The Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association is one of the country’s largest horsemen’s groups, representing about 6,000 owners and trainers at Kentucky’s five thoroughbred tracks. As an affiliate of the National HBPA that represents about 30,000 horsemen in the United States and Canada, the Kentucky HBPA’s responsibilities have greatly expanded as the racing industry has become more complex. In addition to its original general benevolence mission, the HBPA is the leading force for horsemen in negotiating contracts with tracks as well as the advancement of the sport through safety and integrity initiatives, promoting racing and assisting in the development of aftercare programs for retired racehorses.

The Incredible Story Behind KY Derby Winner Rich Strike’s Connections

Nearly six years ago, Eric Reed almost called it quits from the horse training business.

A fire engulfed one of the barns at his Lexington, Kentucky, equine center, in the middle of a December night, killing 23 thoroughbred horses and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

“When we drove up on that that night, I told my wife, I said, ‘we’ve probably lost everything,’ ” Reed recounted this week. “The next morning, when we saw the devastation … I just thought of all the years and all the stuff we had done to get this beautiful farm and to have this happen, that something might be telling me it’s the end of the line.”

Reed didn’t give up, and with friends — and sometimes strangers — who showed up to help, he continued training. “I just decided, I wasn’t going to let it take me out.”

It paid off: Reed is now a Kentucky Derby winner…

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