LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With favourite Epicenter and Zandon dueling in entrance, Wealthy Strike got here charging up the rail within the closing strides for a surprising 80-1 upset within the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
Jockey Sonny Leon guided Wealthy Strike from far again within the 20-horse area to beat 4-1 favourite Epicenter by three-quarters of a size. Zandon was one other three-quarters of a size again in third at Churchill Downs in entrance of a crowd that included former President Donald Trump.
Wealthy Strike had the second-biggest upset within the race’s 148-year historical past. He paid $163.60 to win. Solely Donerail in 1913 had a better payout of $184.90.
Wealthy Strike wasn’t even within the Derby area till Friday when Ethereal Highway was scratched, making room for the chestnut colt skilled by Eric Reed. The horse turns into simply the second to win the Kentucky Derby from the twentieth submit place for the reason that trendy beginning gate was launched in 1930, becoming a member of Massive Brown in 2008.
Each Leon, from Venezuela, and Reed have been of their first Derby. Leon usually rides on small circuits, together with Ohio. His rail trip was paying homage to jockey Calvin Borel aboard Mine That Fowl in 2009. Mine That Fowl paid $103.20 to win.
Wealthy Strike was bought by proprietor RED TR-Racing LLC for $30,000 final fall when he was entered in a low-level claiming race by former proprietor Calumet Farm. Wealthy Strike earned $1.86 million for simply his second profession victory.
The Related Press and ESPN Stats & Data contributed to this story.