- With favourites Epicenter and Zandon battling in front, Rich Strike stormed up the track for a stunning 80-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby.
- Rich Strike won for US$163.60, the second-largest upset in the 148-year history of the race. In 1913, only Donerail got a higher reward of $184.90.
On Saturday, rich Strike came storming up the track for a stunning 80-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby, with favorites Epicenter and Zandon dueling in front.
Ridden by Sonny Leon, Rich Strike came from last in the 20-horse field to win by three-quarters of a length over 4-1 favorite Epicenter. In front of a crowd that included former President Donald Trump, Zandon finished third by three-quarters of a length at Churchill Downs.
Rick Dawson, the winning owner, remarked, “I about fell to the ground in the paddock when he hit the wire.” “I was going to pass out.”
Rich Strike paid US$163.60 to win, the second-largest upset in the race’s 148-year history. Only Donerail had a greater payoff of $184.90 in 1913.
Rich Strike clocked a time of 2:02.61 for 1 1/4 mile.
Rich Strike chomped the pony that escorted him to the winner’s circle after taking a bite out of his far more expensive competitor.
Rich Strike didn’t even make the Derby field until Friday when Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas scratched Ethereal Road to make place for Eric Reed’s chestnut colt.
Dawson stated, “We found out that about 30 seconds even before the deadline on Friday.” “It put us in the race, and we always thought if we just got in, we’d have a chance.”
Both Leon and Reed, from Venezuela, were competing in their first Derby. Leon rides on local circuits all the time, including Ohio. Reed suffered a tragedy five years ago when nearly two dozen horses died in a barn fire at his Lexington training site.
Leon’s rail trip recalled Calvin Borel’s clandestine manoeuvre aboard Mine That Bird in 2009. Mine That Bird caused Derby’s third-largest upset at the time, winning for $103.20.
“I think I got this race when I was in the last 70 yards,” Leon remarked.
When former owner Calumet Farm entered Rich Strike in a low-level claiming race last fall, Dawson, who competes as RED TR-Racing LLC, paid $30,000 for the colt.
Brad Kelley, the owner of Calumet Farm, may now regret his decision. Calumet Farm had a record eight Kentucky Derby victories, but none since 1968, when Forward Pass was disqualified from first place.
Rich Strike won $1.86 million in his second career tournament. Last month, the colt was defeated by Zandon in the Blue Grass Stakes, and also in March, he was defeated by Epicenter in the Louisiana Derby.
Mo Donegal was fifth, and Simplification was fourth.
Source: CTV News