One of the greatest surprises in the recent history of America’s most prestigious horse race was pulled off when an 80-1 outsider won the Kentucky Derby.
Sonny Leon rode Rich Strike to win at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, despite the fact that he had the longest odds of any of the other 20 contenders.
After another had to withdraw, the horse was brought in on Friday.
After Donerail’s 91-1 victory in 1913, it’s the second-longest shot to win the Run for the Roses.
Rich Strike surged to victory in the last stages of the race, beating second-place favorite Epicenter and third-place finisher Zandon.
Trainer Eric Reed, a native Kentuckian, won his first Kentucky Derby.
The wire struck Mr Reed, and he collapsed to the ground in the paddock.
“My body gave up on me and I lost consciousness. In a word, I’m ecstatic. Everyone does this because of this. This isn’t meant to be where we are, but I had a feeling this horse would like it and he’s been working hard all year.”
After a barn fire in 2016 claimed the lives of 23 of his horses, the trainer contemplated retiring from the sport.
Rick Dawson, the owner of the team, was not shocked by the result, despite being an outsider.
‘We always believed that if we could just get in into the race, we’d also have a chance,’ Mr Dawson said. ‘And we proved it tonight.'”
“We’ve never entered a race where we didn’t believe we had a good chance of winning it already. Ever.”
Former President Donald Trump and artist Drake were among the 150,000 attendees on hand for the event, which took place on Saturday.
According to industry newspaper BloodHorse, wagering on the Kentucky Derby in 2021 totaled $233 million, an increase of 83% from the year before, when the race was staged without spectators due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

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