Rich Strike wins the 2022 Kentucky Derby in absolute shock


Long shot Rich Strike won the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby on a cool, cloudy Saturday at Churchill Downs.

The win is one of the most stunning in Kentucky Derby history, as little was expected of a horse that lost 80-1. According to NBC, Rich Strike is the second-greatest long hit to ever win the Kentucky Derby.

Only Donerail in 1913 won the Kentucky Derby with longer odds at 91-1.

Crossing the wire behind Rich Strike was Epicenter, who was the favorite by post time, followed by Zandon, Simplification and Mo Donegal.

Jockey Sonny Leon guided Rich Strike from afar in the 20-horse field to race by favorite Epicenter and Zandon. Rich Strike charged down the stretch to pass the leaders and complete the 1¼ mile in 2:02.61.

Rich Strike wasn’t even in the Derby field until Friday when Ethereal Road was taken out, making way for the colt trained by Eric Reed. Leon and Reed were both at their first Derby.


USA Today

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