Long shot Rich Strike stuns all in winning 148th Kentucky Derby

Written by on May 7, 2022

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After disqualifications and a pandemic and thoroughbred racing’s lengthy dialogue about betamethasone, the 2022 Kentucky Derby was billed as a “return to regular.”

There was nothing regular about this.

Rich Strike, who was on the also-eligible record till Friday morning, made a shocking transfer alongside the rail to win the Kentucky Derby on a cool and cloudy first Saturday in Could at Churchill Downs.

At 80-1 odds, Wealthy Strike scored the second-biggest upset in Kentucky Derby historical past and paid $163.60 on a $2 win wager. Donerail, at 91-1 odds in 1913, is the longest shot to win the race.

“I do not understand how (to place the win into phrases),” coach Eric Reed mentioned. “I fell down within the paddock when he hit the wire. I about handed out. I am so joyful. That is one thing, you understand, is the explanation all people does this, as a result of we’re not purported to be right here, however I knew this horse beloved the monitor, and we have been coaching so good all yr.”

Wealthy Strike and jockey Sonny Leon coated the 1¼ miles on a quick monitor in 2:02.61 and completed three-quarters of a size in entrance of 4-1 favourite EpicenterZandon was three-quarters of a size again in third, and Simplification was one other 2 lengths again in fourth.

Wealthy Strike completed third within the Grade Three Jeff Ruby Steaks on April 2 at Turfway Park and stood No. 21 on the ultimate factors record for the Derby, which is proscribed to 20 runners. He was entered Monday as an additionally eligible and earned a spot within the race Friday morning when coach D. Wayne Lukas chose to scratch Ethereal Road.

Reed’s phrases when he bought the information appear prophetic now: “Get break and work over to the within. Begin selecting them up halfway on the backstretch after which move all of them earlier than the end line.”

The race arrange for a better due to a blistering early tempo set by Summer Is Tomorrow, who set fractions of 21.78 seconds for the quarter-mile and 45.36 seconds for the half-mile as Crown Pride raced simply to his outdoors.

Because the early velocity light, Messier had first run on the lead earlier than Epicenter swept by and appeared poised to give coach Steve Asmussen his first Derby victory.

Zandon joined the battle within the last furlong earlier than Wealthy Strike — a la 50-1 shot Mine That Fowl in 2009 — charged alongside the rail for the victory.

A son of Eager Ice out of the Sensible Strike mare Gold Strike, Wealthy Strike was bred at Calumet Farm. After ending 10th in his first race in August at Ellis Park, he was claimed for $30,000.

He broke his maiden in September at Churchill after which raced 5 instances with out ever ending within the prime two. He completed 5¾ lengths behind Tiz the Bomb within the Jeff Ruby Steaks, incomes the 20 factors he wanted to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

Now the chestnut colt will go down in historical past after incomes the winner’s share of $1.86 million for proprietor Richard Dawson of RED TR-Racing.

Jockey Sonny Leon celebrates after Rich Strike's victory in the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Up subsequent? Possible the Preakness on Could 21 at Pimlico for the second leg of the Triple Crown. 

Full end order

1. Wealthy Strike 

2. Epicenter 

3. Zandon

4. Simplification 

5. Mo Donegal

6. Barber Highway

7. Tawny Port

8. Smile Blissful

9. Tiz the Bomb 

10. Zozos

11. Traditional Causeway

12. Taiba

13. Crown Satisfaction

14. Blissful Jack

15. Messier

16. White Abarrio

17. Cost It

18. Cyberknife

19. Pioneer of Medina

20. Summer season Is Tomorrow  

Jason Frakes: 502-582-4046; jfrakes@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @KentuckyDerbyCJ.

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