Rich Strike wins the 2022 Kentucky Derby in one of the biggest upsets in history

Rich Strike won the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday. When the race started, Rich Strike had 80 to 1 to win the Derby, which is the first leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing.

Rich Strike, who wasn’t even in the peloton on Friday, was added to the race late after Ethereal Road retired. Rich Horse started from the last gate. On the home stretch after the race and it looked like the favorite Epicenter (4-1) would win, Rich Strike ran down Epicenter to sniff out victory. When Saturday started, Rich Strike had a 99-to-1 chance of winning the race. This line fell throughout the day as more money was bet on the horses.

“Rich Strike stunned the racing world,” NBC’s Mike Tirico said after the race.

Rich Strike was on a three-game losing streak heading into Saturday’s win, according to the Kentucky Derby website.

This is growing and full results will be released soon.

A guest holds the official program during the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Churchill Downs

It was the first Kentucky Derby since last year’s doping fiasco. Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby on May 1 at Churchill Downs. A week later, legendary trainer Bon Baffert learned that a drug test sample from Medina Spirit had tested positive for high levels of an anti-inflammatory steroid called betamethasone.

Baffert denied any doping of the racehorse which almost led from one end to the other in the Derby.

“Yesterday I got the biggest punch in the race for something I didn’t do,” Baffert said last year on May 9 upon learning of the doping allegation. “[It’s an] injustice to the horse. I don’t feel embarrassed, I feel like I’ve been wronged. But I will fight.”

Baffert later claimed that they used an ointment on the horse and that the ointment contained the corticosteroid. Medina Spirit was stripped of the Derby title, which was then awarded to Mandaloun, who crossed the finish line second behind Medina Spirit. Baffert was banned from Churchill Downs and reportedly watched the Kentucky Derby at his home in Ariona this year.

Here are the next two stages of the Triple Crown:

May 21, 2021 – Preakness Stakes (Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland)
June 11, 2021 – Belmont Stakes (Belmont Park, Elmont, New York)

The last Triple Crown winner was Justify in 2018, and the previous Crown winner was American Pharoah in 2015, which ended a 37-year horseless drought that swept through all three races (Affirmed, 1978).

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