‘He’s Definitely Enjoying Himself And Came Back Really Perky’: Rich Strike Focused In Sunday Gallop At Belmont by NYRA Press Office|06.05.2022|3:18pm Rich Strike at Belmont Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Rich Strike showed focus and professionalism in his daily exercise over the main track on Sunday at Belmont Park, the latest move in his preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) June 11. Rich Strike schooled in the Belmont paddock before waiting patiently in the tunnel for his spin around Big Sandy. The Keen Ice chestnut took a few turns around the tunnel in the company of about a half-dozen other trainees and remained unfazed. Regular exercise Gabriel Lagunes then guided Rich Strike to the center of the racetrack and asked him to gallop one lap around the 1 1/2-mile oval, a cutback from Saturday's two-mile exercise. Rich Strike motored down the lane with his head down and fully focused on his work, digging into the fast dirt as he passed the finish and eased up just before the turn. “We backed him up a half a mile today and tomorrow we'll probably let him have another two-mile gallop,” said trainer Eric Reed. “He's definitely enjoying himself and came back really perky. He's appreciating everything.” Rich Strike is expected to continue his daily routine of galloping and schooling up until the Belmont Stakes. He will likely school in the paddock during the races on Thursday or Friday.