Rich Strike is the unlikely story racing needs

Rich Strike is the unlikely story racing needs

Rich Strike is the unlikely story racing needs

Rich Strike is the unlikely story racing needs

ELMONT, NY — As Rick Dawson described the journey since they picked Rich Strike out of a $30,000 maiden race nine months ago, it was like a recitation of the American racing dream, the last month of which has played out in real time on the National stage.

There’s not a shred of pretense in the wake of a historical disruption, and a lot of humility amid the deluge of attention. Just a group that is far removed from the elite of the sport and taking advantage of a unique opportunity.

It’s the story that racing desperately needs right now. A story that transcends the sport for all the right reasons, as the ultimate longshot returns to the track in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, five weeks away from a stunning disruption in the Kentucky Derby.