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Rich Strike Wins 148th Running Of The Kentucky Derby In Shocking 80-1 Upset

BREAKING NEWS: Rich Strike has won the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby.

It’s truly one of the biggest upsets in not only the history of the Kentucky Derby, but in all of sports, as Rich Strike was originally an alternate, but earned an entry into the field after Ethereal Road was scratched.

Rich Strike entered Saturday with a field low 80-1 odds to cross the finish line first. Rich Strike didn’t appear to be a factor throughout majority of the race, until he turned on the jets heading into the final turn.

With favorites Epicenter and Zandon jockeying back and forth on the final stretch, Rich Strike remarkably rode up on the inside to outlast the entire field. Not bad for a horse that wasn’t officially in the field until Friday morning.

Rich Strike, born in just 2019, was trained by Eric Reed. Reed had confidence in Rich Strike and said he wouldn’t have entered him into the race unless he thought he could win.

For jockey Sonny Leon, it’s his first win at the Kentucky Derby, after starting 5,175 total races.

This story is developing quickly. Check back with OutKick soon for updates.

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.


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  1. How snakebit is Steve Asmussen? He has never won the Derby (0-23) and this time he finally has the Derby favorite. His horse was pulling away for the win and then an 80-1 shot beats his horse in the last 1/2 furlong. Unbelievable.

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