Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby in the second biggest upset in racing history.
Rich Strike was only in the derby field on Friday when Ethereal Road was scratched. As a result, jockey Sonny Leon and trainer Eric Reed were able to win the famous race on the first attempt.
Rich Strike walked away by odds of 80-1 to win the race after starting from 20th, the widest position. He is only the second horse to win the Derby from this number.
Epicenter finished second after going out as a favorite and Zandon finished third.
After the horses took the final corner, it appeared to be a two-horse race between Epicenter (5-1) and Zandon (7-1). As the two sped side-by-side down the straight, Rich Strike made the winning move inside.
Rich Strike prevailed in the final moments, edging out Epicenter by three-quarters of a length and Zandon by a length and a half. Simplification (41-1) and Mo Donegal (8-1) completed the first five finishers.
“I don’t know how (to put the win into words). I fell in the paddock when he hit the wire. I almost passed out. I’m so happy,” Reed said after watching his stallion win the race. “That’s something, you know, that’s why everyone does it because we’re not supposed to be here, but I knew this horse loved the track and we’ve been training so well all year.”
Donerail, the 1913 Derby winner 91-1, is the only horse with a better chance of winning the race.
Next up in Baltimore on May 21st is Rich Strike in the Preakness Stakes for Stage Two of the Triple Crown – and something tells us he won’t be the biggest long shot at this event.
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports/triple-crown/2022-kentucky-derby-recap-148th-running-churchill-downs/3231746/ Rich Strike wins the 2022 Kentucky Derby in Stunning Upset – NBC10 Philadelphia