Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2022-05-09 06:58:48 –
Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Five and a half years ago, trainer Eric Reed spoke to LEX 18 when the ashes were smoldering on the grounds of his training facility, the Mercury Equine Center.
“I once told a few directors that this could be the end of our career,” Reed said then. “I don’t know if I can recover.”
Lead was still trying to process Barn fire It killed 23 Thoroughbred horses at his facility.
This weekend, Reed proved that his career could not only recover, but also prosper.
Reed said on Sunday the day after his horse, Rich Strike, won the 148th Kentucky Derby, “I fell down saying,’Oh, that’s the deep stretch I said.'” “I didn’t see him reach the finish line.”
Hundreds of thousands of people in Churchill Downs and millions from home certainly remember the exact moment the Rich Strike crossed the finish line.
Darrell Hayes, Stallion Manager at Lexington’s Calmet Farm, said:
LEX 18 visited the roots of Rich Strike on Sunday. Rich Strike was made a fawn at Calmet Farm, where his father Keane Ice still lives.
“I love Keane Ice,” Hayes said. “Kean Ice is one of the horses I really think will carry on Calmette’s legacy.”
Like Rich Strike, Keane Ice also surprised racing fans. In 2015, he defeated Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah at Travers Stakes as a 16 to 1 long shot.
“He’s a fan favorite here,” Hayes said of Keane Ice, who has retired from the race but is still breeding. “He’s a joker. When he’s out in the open, he’s a little stupid.”
Until Saturday, Calmet Farm hadn’t produced a Kentucky Derby winner for 31 years, Hayes said.
Reed claimed a rich strike at Rick Dawson’s RED TR-Racing after a $ 30,000 maiden claimed a race in 2021.