Kentucky Derby Upset: 80-1 Rich Strike Pulls of a Stunner for the Ages


Rich Strike, a horse that did not officially get into the Kentucky Derby until Friday morning, chased down the two favorites down the stretch on Saturday and became the second-longest shot to ever win the race.

Rich Strike
Rich Strike
Rich Strike (inside) chases down Epicenter (center) and Zandon in the final strides to win the 148th Kentucky Derby Saturday. At 80-1, he’s the second-longest longshot to win the race. (Image:

The 80-1 shot paid $163.60 to win, $74.20 to place, and $29.40 to show. Only Donerail, a 91-1 shot who won in 1913, paid a higher price in the Run for the Roses. Epicenter, who went off as the 4-1 favorite, finished second, with morning-line favorite Zandon third.

A $30,000 claimer who hadn’t won in his last five races. Rich Strike gave trainer Eric Reed just his second graded stakes win ever.

This story will be updated. 

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