The 147th Preakness Stakes is set to run on Saturday at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, but Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will not feature.
The horse's owner Rick Dawson said that while the race was tempting, it didn't fit into their plans meaning there will be no winner of horse racing's coveted Triple Crown this year
In Rich Strike's absence, nine horses will line up to compete for the prestigious prize and all contenders will take inspiration from a shock result in this year's Derby.
In February, he was suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) for 90 days after Medina Spirit's victory at the 2021 Kentucky Derby was disqualified.
Baffert appealed the KHRC's decision, but the Kentucky Court of Appeals denied his motion for emergency relief on April 1. His suspension started April 4.
Rich Strike stunned almost everyone when it won the Derby at the longest odds of any other horse in the race -- 80/1.
Epicenter's trainer Steve Asmussen is the most successful in North American horse racing history and will want to make up for the Kentucky Derby disappointment.
Interestingly, Fenwick is considered the biggest outsider of this year's Preakness Stakes -- at 50/1 -- but punters may well be tempted to back the race's long-shot this time.
How to watch
The Preakness Stakes will air in the US on NBC, the NBC website and its app.
The post time for the iconic race is 7:01 p.m. ET.