Rich Strike wins in a big upset the 148th Kentucky Derby


Rich Strike was ridden by Sonny Leon, Derby debutant. He won at Churchill Downs and is now a part of equine history.

Longshot Rich Strike pulled off one of the most dramatic upsets in Kentucky Derby history, winning the historic race by a furlong.

The horse had participated in only seven races before Saturday’s event and only won one. Eric Reed, the trainer, won his first Kentucky Derby. He was only added to Friday’s field after another horse pulled out.

Summer Is Tomorrow led the field from the beginning, while Messier and Crown Pride were close behind. Eppicenter, the favourite, appeared to be running home as the last furlong approached. However, Rich Strike, a longshot at 80/1, flew up the inside for a dramatic victory.

Over 150,000 spectators gathered at Churchill Downs in Louisville to witness the action unfolding in the 148th running. Millions more watched on TV around the world.

The total prize purse for the race is $3million. The winner of the 1m2f contest, which was first run in 1875 and has received a cool $1.8million, will receive a first prize prize purse.

Second place was awarded $600,000. Third place was $300,000. Fourth, $150,000, and fifth, $90,000.

He followed the lead of legends by winning the race that is known as the Run For The Roses. This is due to the garland made of roses that was draped over him.

The winner will likely try to emulate 13 horses that have completed the American Triple Crown.

The Triple Crown consists of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes (and the Belmont Stakes).

Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (77), Affirmed (1878), American Phaoh (2015), Justify (2018) are just a few of the 13 people who have achieved this feat.

Last year’s race was marred by the subsequent disqualification of first past the post Medina Spirit, trained by Bob Baffert.

The horse tested positive to betamethasone. Baffert denies any wrongdoing and is prohibited from having horses until June.

Over 140,000 hotdogs, 18,000 BBQ sandwiches, 13,800 lbs of beef, 13,800 lb. of chicken, 32,000 jumbo shrimps, 9,000 scallops, and more than 30,000 cookies were consumed by spectators.

The mint julep, a traditional Derby drink, was also enjoyed by more than 120,000 people.

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