Wicked Strong to skip Preakness Stakes; Rogers still had the time of her life after 4th place finish

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Wicked Strong and his jockey Rajiv Maragh warm up on the track prior to the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Barbara Livingston/Special to The Monett Times

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On Sunday, Jane Rogers was informed that Wicked Strong would not race in the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.

"I'm fine with that," Rogers said. "The Preakness is a shorter distance race and really didn't fit Wicked's training. He'll now prepare

for the Belmont."

Rogers, a co-owner and well-known Monettan, made the journey to Louisville, Ky., for the Kentucky Derby and to watch her colt run from the owners box.

Rogers, along with 164,906 other spectators, packed Churchill Downs to watch "the fastest two minutes in sports."

"When the band played My Old Kentucky Home and everyone stood and sang, it took my breath away," Rogers said. "I had tears in my eyes. One of my dreams was coming true."

Several watch parties in and around Monett were formed to witness Wicked Strong race. Jane Rogers received over 100 text messages from well wishers, including one from Time of the Sword, a Thoroughbred Rogers retired this year in Purdy. Linda Patton/Courtesy to The Monett Times

Wicked Strong went to the post as the second favorite horse at 6-1. He had opened as an 8-1 favorite and third popular pick, but was moved up when Hoppertunity was scratched due to a foot injury.

Wicked Strong started out of gate 20 on the far outside. According to Rogers, in horse racing, it is optimal to get to the inside rail by the first turn.

He got caught up in the pack of the 19-horse field and never contended for the lead. Rogers said her horse was "a little wide" meaning he could not get close enough to the inside rail to make a better run.

Monettan Jane Rogers fulfilled one of her life-long dream when she attended the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville Ky., on Saturday. Rogers is part-owner in the horse Wicked Strong. Contributed photo

Wicked Strong still managed a fourth-place finish.

"He couldn't get a clear shot at the leaders but I'm still proud of him," Rogers said.

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