Rich Strike Wins the 148th Kentucky Derby
With his win in the 148th Kentucky Derby‚ Rich Strike
became just the second horse to sweep the Triple Crown in Kentucky. He is also the second horse to win the Stewards' Cup‚ earning $1.86 million for the victory. In March‚ Rich Strike
finished second to Epicenter‚ who went on to win the Louisiana Derby. Epicenter‚ Simplification‚ and Mo Donegal all finished in the top five.
Rich Strike wins 148th Kentucky Derby
As one of the longshots in the 148th Kentucky Derby‚ Rich Strike
stunned the field by beating favorites Epicenter and Zandon to claim the win. Rich Strike‚ trained by Eric Reed‚ was a long shot of 80-1 entering the race. He was also the second-highest-scoring horse of the race‚ beating out favorites Epicenter and Zandon by a nose. Zandon and Epicenter were morning-line favorites‚ but Rich Strike
made a winning move from the inside to outsmart the field. He went on to edge out both by 3/4 lengths‚ and he retained the services of Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez‚ who has won four Kentucky Derbys. Zandon's sharp training at Churchill Downs has helped him develop into a top-level contender. In addition to Rich Strike's win‚ the 148th Kentucky Derby also saw the third consecutive victory for Stolen Base. In the first‚ the 5-year-old had beaten the favorite Cover Me Up at seven-to-two. But when he finally got home‚ he was the second-highest-scoring Kentucky Derby winner in history. And this is a far cry from the first Kentucky Derby‚ which featured two winners in three decades. Aside from Rich Strike‚ Jack Christopher was another promising youngster. He was a 3-to-5 morning line favorite last year. A three-length victory was all it took for him to take home the trophy. He could be a factor in future big races this summer and fall. He had previously been a favored but unbeaten 2-year-old. It's not clear how long he'll remain unbeaten in the Kentucky Derby.
Epicenter finishes second
In the 2013 Kentucky Derby‚ Epicenter finished second to Zandon in the first leg of the Classic. As a 4-to-1 favorite‚ Epicenter paid $7.40 to place and $5.20 to show on a $2 bet. Zandon‚ the morning-line favorite‚ paid $5.60 to place. The unofficial winner was Rich Strike‚ who stunned Epicenter and Zandon near the end of the race. The first race in the Kentucky Derby was postponed for two years because of restrictions on COVID-19‚ but this year‚ the restrictions were lifted‚ and the event began on time. Today‚ Epicenter is 7-2 morning line favorite. However‚ if Asmussen is to run in the Derby‚ Zandon should be the favorite come post time. Nevertheless‚ Asmussen has now been 0-7 in the Run for the Roses. The race features a host of celebrities‚ including Mario Lopez and NSYNC. Beshear‚ who was in attendance with his family‚ picked Epicenter to win the Kentucky Derby. Another surprise that made him an unlikely favorite was that T-Rex was there as well. The rock star was wearing a name tag that read Rexy and shook his head when asked about his first Kentucky Derby race. The horse race had become a spectacle. The Kentucky Derby field grew by more than 20 horses. Secretariat‚ at 5-1‚ was behind the lead going into the stretch. Then‚ after a thrilling race‚ he sprinted to the lead‚ passing Epicenter and Zandon. The field was contested the entire distance and had no clear favorite. Afterwards‚ the race was televised live on television.
Taiba finishes third
A Saudi Arabian entrepreneur named Ali Zedan‚ a former Baffert assistant‚ is now banned from Triple Crown races‚ but he decided to take a gamble on Taiba. Taiba‚ trained by Tim Yakteen‚ beat the West Coast's best in the first Saturday in May. The stable has won more than 250 races‚ including the Kentucky Derby‚ so Zedan's luck may have played a role in his performance. Zedan Racing Stables is the owner of Taiba. The stable is operated by Saudi Arabian businessman Amr F. Zedan‚ Chairman of The Zedan Group‚ a family-owned energy business. In addition to Taiba‚ the stable has also trained Grade 1 winners Princess Noor and Medina Spirit‚ which was disqualified for medication violations. It's still unclear whether Zedan's stable will be able to pull off an upset this year‚ or if he will have another. Taiba's tactical speed and elite speed figures make her a contender in the Kentucky Derby‚ where she'll face the biggest field of her career. But while Taiba might have a good chance in a field of ten or twelve horses in the Haskell Invitational Stakes‚ the Kentucky Derby is a different animal. Three-year-olds in the Kentucky Derby have more experience in the field‚ and they're much more likely to win a race that is as prestigious as the Kentucky Derby.
Jackie's Warrior wins Stewards' Cup
The 148th Kentucky Derby was one of the most memorable races in horse racing history. Rich Strike‚ a two-year-old‚ swept through the field with a decisive late surge‚ and went on to win the race by nearly three lengths. He won his first race in seven starts and finished in the top five in all but one. The winner was considered the second biggest upset of all time‚ behind only Donerail's victory in the 1913 Kentucky Derby. Despite the field's apparent lack of depth and talent‚ Rich Strike
earned his spot on the also-eligible list by finishing third in the G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park. However‚ the decision to scratch Ethereal Road from the Kentucky Derby was not made lightly. Reed immediately called around to tell his friends and clients. Only two horses were scratched from the race. On Saturday‚ another notable race was won by a non-runner. Epicenter was the favorite but couldn't match it‚ as Rich Strike
finished at a staggering 84-1 outsider. The winner of the Kentucky Derby‚ Jackie's Warrior‚ beat a field of older sprinters and paid $11 to win. He was ridden by Joel Rosario.
Stolen Base wins Kentucky Derby
If you're looking for a horse that has a lot of potential‚ you might want to consider Stolen Base. He won the American Turf on his debut‚ and finished fifth in the Bob Bork Texas Turf Mile S two starts ago. However‚ his only race on grass was the second in an allowance‚ which he won by one length. His trainer‚ Jerry Maker‚ has not yet said where he plans to start him next. The track is an important factor in the Derby‚ especially the day before the race. Several of the horses have a better record on Derby Day‚ so it is possible to see a horse win with a much better trip. However‚ if there's one horse who's won more than seven races‚ it is likely to be a Derby contender. Despite winning four of the last six races‚ none of those horses has won the Kentucky Derby. In the 148th Kentucky Derby‚ Stolen Base's chances are improving. The track is dry‚ so Tiz the Bomb's chances of winning on dirt are slim. He's a turf horse‚ and was pegged as such in the Holy Bull‚ but McPeek believes that his poor performance on dirt was a matter of positioning. He's likely to break from the middle of the Kentucky Derby pack‚ and he'll be ridden by Brian Hernandez‚ Jr.
Congressman finishes fourth
After the scratch of Ethereal Road‚ Rich Strike
was added to the Derby field. The horse was a longshot‚ but it has since earned his way onto the Derby's also-eligible list. Before that‚ the only Kentucky Derby winner to start from post 20 was Big Brown in 1975. But Reed's confidence is high and his horse is poised to repeat his impressive performance. Rich Strike‚ who is considered a long shot‚ stunned the field by winning the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. This win marked the second biggest Derby upset ever. Epicenter‚ a 6-year-old colt‚ was a co-favorite and Taiba was the 2-1 second choice. Zandon‚ the race's 6-1 favorite‚ was also in the field. Sonny Leon‚ who was making his first Kentucky Derby appearance‚ was the jockey on Rich Strike. The horse made a last-minute surge‚ overtaking Epicenter and Zandon in the final leg of the race. Leon found racing room to the inside of Epicenter and sent Rich Strike
galloping up the rail. Epicenter‚ trained by Steve Asmussen‚ finished second. Zandon‚ trained by Chad Brown‚ and Simplification‚ ridden by Flavien Prat‚ finished third and fifth. Mo Donegal‚ meanwhile‚ was fifth from the inside draw. The Derby betting public is abuzz with excitement as the two-year-old topped the odds.