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Rich Strike wins 2022 Kentucky Derby as 80-1 long shot


A woman wore a hat made of American currency to Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day. By Pat McDonogh/Courier Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

Rich Strike, who was the last horse to enter the 2022 Kentucky Derby, has won the race as an 80-1 shot out of the No. 20 and last post position. Epicenter was second, Zandon was third.

For a horse that needed a scratch to get in the race, and to be the last one to reach the field, it was one of the more incredible moments in the history of the Triple Crown.

This will be the biggest upset since Donerail in 1913 who won as a 91-1 shot.

Rich Strike closed down the pre-race favorite in Epicenter, who had some of the best speed figures of any member of the field. If not for Ethereal Road scratching from the race yesterday, Rich Strike would not have even been in the field. Rattle N Roll also scratched late.

Rick Dawson is the owner of the horse, who said in the post-race interview found out about 30 seconds before the entry deadline that his colt was in the field.

It’s the second career win for Rich Strike in his eighth start, only one of which previously had ever been a stakes race. Strike’s only other win was in the fifth race at Churchill Downs on September 17th of last year.

Win: Rich Strike
163.60, 74.20, 29.40

Place: Epicenter
7.40, 5.20

Show: Zandon

$2 Exacta: 4,101.20
$2 Tri: 29,741.40
$1 Super: 321,500.10

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