80-1 shot Rich Strike races to substantial upset in Kentucky Derby

Rich Strike (21), with Sonny Leon aboard, crosses the goal to win the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Louisville, Ky.

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Rich Strike came charging up the rail to surpass the leaders in the closing strides for a sensational 80-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby.

Jockey Sonny Leon assisted Rich Strike from well back in the 20-horse field to run by 4-1 preferred Epicenter and Zandon on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Rich Strike wasn’t even in the Derby field till Friday when Ethereal Road was scratched, including the colt trained by Eric Reed. Both Leon and Reed remained in their very first Derby.


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