Rich Strike Wins the Kentucky Derby in 2022 (Latest News)

Rich Strike, a long shot to win the Kentucky Derby, has pulled off an incredible comeback at Churchill Downs.

When Ethereal Road was scratched on Friday, the Eric Reed-trained horse narrowly made it into the race, but he roared home under Sonny Leon to stun favorite Epicenter and Zanon.

It was just the winner and a few others behind him in the final stretch, with the first half-mile running at a near-sprint pace.

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To deny Steve Asmussen’s Epicenter, Leon made his move at the home turn on the outside of Mo Donegal, pushing his way through traffic and establishing a lane on the inside rail. He then cut to the outside of Messier to lunge late. He came in third.

Australian-bred Brian Lynch’s Classic Causeway finished 11th out of 17 horses.

Reed, who lost 23 horses in a barn fire in 2016, had a miraculous comeback.

“I fell down the paddock when he hit the wire, I’m so happy. This is why everyone does this – we’re not supposed to be here, but I knew this horse loved the track and he’d been training so good all year,” he told NBC Sports.

Owner Richard Dawson said: “We’d never put a horse in a race we didn’t think we had a chance of winning, I promise you.

“We just knew we had a shot, because every time he went longer (in distance), he got better. Today we went a mile and a quarter and he kept going.”

A jubilant Leon said: “Well I’m feeling really happy, you don’t know how excited I feel. I brought all my family with me, my daughter’s first time at the Kentucky Derby, the first time for me and we did it

“I know my horse, I know I had a horse for this race, I didn’t know if he would win the race, but when we were in the race in the final furlong in the last (part of the race) I can feel my horse was tough, he was tough

“Wow, I tried to be nice and easy and race in the back (of the field), and that’s what I did, when we were turning for home I found a bit of traffic, but I never panicked, I waited for my moment and came through in the stretch and I said to myself ‘I think I got this, the Kentucky Derby’.

“It was amazing – amazing, especially the way we did it, in the last 50 yards, it’s a dream come true.” For more such news do follow our website


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