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80-1 shot Rich Strike wins Kentucky Derby

Rich Strike won the 148th Kentucky Derby.

Rich Strike gained the 148th Kentucky Derby.
Picture: Getty Photographs

Rich Strike wasn’t within the Kentucky Derby area when head coach Eric Reid wakened Friday morning. After a late scratch to Ethereal Street, a spot opened up for a twenty first horse within the 20-thoroughbred area. And one of many longest photographs within the area at 80-1 at submit time simply gained the 148th Kentucky Derby.

The jockey Sonny Leon had six assignments at Cincinnati’s Belterra Park on Friday and wasn’t anticipating a detour by way of Louisville’s Churchill Downs to be a part of his weekend. And now, he’s gained horse racing’s signature occasion. Rich Strike had the second lowest odds of a Kentucky Derby winner ever.

To start out the race, Rich Strike was the farthest horse from the rail. To start out the ultimate stretch, Rich Strike was a dozen lengths behind the chief, betting favourite Epicenter. As a duel between fellow frontrunner Zandon began to transpire on the prime of the pack, a lane on the within for Rich Strike opened up.

Partially as a result of an extremely fast-paced Derby, each Zandon and Epicenter drained because the end line neared. Rich Strike was caught in a pack of horses for many of the race however had loads left within the tank to overhaul the favorites and win the “Run For the Roses.”

“There’s nothing from this horse’s previous performances that recommend this was even a chance,” NBC’s Jerry Bailey proclaimed seconds after the end.

Rich Strike will now wait two weeks to race within the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, The Preakness Stakes, on Might 21 from Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course. A $2 wager on Rich Strike to win the Kentucky Derby would’ve yielded the bettor greater than $160 {dollars}. A Superfecta, with Simplification ending fourth behind Epicenter and Zandon, paid round $310,000.

“We at all times felt if we may get in, we’d have a shot,” stated Rick Dawson, Rich Strike’s proprietor within the winner’s circle.

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