Long-Shot Rich Strike Wins Kentucky Derby

Long-shot Rich Strike won the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby in a stunning upset on May 7.

Rich Strike entered the race at Churchill Downs in Louisville at 80-1 odds — the biggest long-shot in the 20-horse field.

The horse began the derby week as an alternate and was added to the field a day before the race after Ethereal Road, another horse, pulled out.

“We’re not supposed to be here, but I knew this horse loved the track and he’s been training so good all year,” trainer Eric Reed said at a press conference after the race.

Rich Strike is Reed’s first winning horse in the derby.

Venezuelan jockey Sonny Leon drove Rich Strike and surged past first-runners Epicenter and Zandon in the final seconds of the race, winning the $1.6 million winner’s purse.

This was Leon’s first Kentucky Derby.

Rich Strike’s victory was the greatest odds upset since 1913 when 91-1 long-shot Donerail won.

Epicenter and Zandon placed second and third respectively.

The derby took place in front of the first full crowd at Churchill Downs since 2019.


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