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Rich Strike wins Kentucky Derby with 80-1 odds

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The underdogs always have the best story. For Rich Strike, he definitely will be now moving forward.

Rich Strike had not been entered into the Kentucky Derby. Then after a late scratch by Ethereal Road’s team on Friday, he was entered before the deadline for the event.

Horse Rich Strike running to the historic upset in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
Rich Strike running to the historic upset in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (Photo by Kentucky Derby/Twitter)

Despite all the odds against him, he ran away with the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This magical horse will go down in history.

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“I about fell down in the paddock when he hit the wire,” winning trainer Eric Reed said. “I about passed out.”

He had an 80-1 odds before the start of the race. Before the Kentucky Derby, he had one win in seven events.

Rich Strike also was on a five-race losing streak before the win.

“We found out about 30 seconds before the deadline on Friday,” owner Rick Dawson said. “It put us in the race and really we always felt if we just got in we’ve got a shot.”

Epicenter — who was the betting favorite before the start of the race — finished second. Zandon — who also was a favorite of the bettors at early Saturday — finished third.

Rich Strike won the race in 2:02.61.

For those who bet on the wild card, Rich Strike had a payout of $163.60. Donerail in 1913 had a larger payout of $184.90.

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The horse was bought last fall for $30,000.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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