Rich Strike crowned Kentucky Derby 2022 winner

With the epicenter and Zandon favorite duel at the fore, Rich Strike came charging rail to achieve a surprise 80-1 at Kentucky Derby Saturdays.

Jockey drove Sonny Lyon’s Rich Strike from behind in a 20-horsepower field to defeat the 4-1 Epicenter favorite by three quarters of a length. Zandon was three-quarters tall again for third at Churchill Downs in front of a crowd that included former President Donald Trump.

Rich Strike (21), with Sonny Leon on board, edges out Epicenter (3), with Joel Rosario on board, at the finish line to win race 148 of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Louisville, Ky.

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“I fell in the ring when he hit the wire,” winning coach Eric Reed said. “I fainted around.”

Rich Strike unleashed the second biggest upset in the 148-year history of racing, paying $163.60 for the win. Only Donerrail in 1913 earned a higher payout of $184.90.

Rich Strike ran 1 1/4 mile in 2:02.61.

After taking a bite out of his more expensive competition, Rich Strike played Chomping a pony that led him to the winner’s circle.

Rich Strike wasn’t in the Derby field until Friday when Hall of Fame coach D.

“We found out about 30 seconds before the Friday deadline,” Dawson said. “He put us in the race and really always felt like if we just got in we had a chance.”

Leon, from Venezuela, was both in their first derby. Leon regularly rides small trails, including Ohio. Reed suffered tragedy five years ago when he lost nearly twenty horses in a barn fire at his training center in Lexington.

Exercise rider Zandon's favorite runs in the Kentucky Derby morning streak during morning practice at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 5, 2022.
A practice rider works on his favorite Zandon in the Kentucky Derby morning streak during morning practice at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 5, 2022.

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Lyon’s rail ride is reminiscent of jockey Calvin Burrell aboard Mine That Bird in 2009. Mine That Bird launched what was then the Derby’s third biggest surprise, paying $103.20 to win.

“When I was at the last 70 yards, I said, ‘I think I’ve got this race going,'” Leon said.

The Rich Strike was purchased by Dawson, who races as RED TR-Racing LLC, for $30,000 last fall when the colt got into a low-profile claim racing by former owner Calumet Farm.

Calumet ranch owner, Brad Kelly, may now be refuting that decision. Calumet Farm has won eight Kentucky Derby races, but none since 1968, when the Forward Pass was placed first by disqualification.

Rich Strike earned $1.86 million for his second career win. The colt lost to Zandon at the Blue Grass Stakes last month and was beaten by an epicenter at the Louisiana Derby in March.

Simplification took fourth place and Mo Donegal in fifth place.

This year’s race went on without a suspended Hall of Fame coach Bob Baffertwhich is Churchill Downs hanging for the next two years city ​​spirit‘s Postrace drug test failed And win in the end Derby last year.

Like other major sporting events such as EnergyBaseball, Final Four, and Major League games are any indications, the atmosphere of the Triple Crown Horseracing’s first gem had a pre-pandemic feel, although masks were optional.

The Run 2020 Postponed until Labor Day weekend, then held without spectators. It returned to the familiar spring opening eight months later in 2021, but in limited capacity.

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