Biggest upsets in Kentucky Derby history: Rich Strike joins list of long-shot winners
Three days ago, it did not seem as if Rich Strike would have any chance at winning the 2022 Kentucky Derby.
All 20 posts had been filled, and Rich Strike was not among the horses in the field. But Ethereal Road was a late scratch Friday morning, and Rich Strike, who was claimed by trainer Eric Reed in September for just $30,000, was announced as a replacement.
On Saturday, Rich Strike became just the second horse ever to win the Kentucky Derby from the No. 20 post position and one of the biggest long shots ever to win the race, with 80-1 closing odds.
Where does Rich Strike rank among the long-shot winners in the history of the Run for the Roses? The Sporting News takes a look.
Biggest upsets in Kentucky Derby history
Rich Strike’s win puts him near the top of the list of biggest upsets, but not quite the No. 1 all-time stunner. That honor belongs to Donerail.
In 1913, Donerail started in the No. 5 post position but went off at 91-1 odds. Similar to the win by Rich Strike, Donerail was trailing for much of the race but made a pass in the stretch to win. A $2 win bet would have returned $184.90. With inflation, that would be worth $5,480.36 today, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Rich Strike now ranks second all time, with a $2 win bet returning $163.60.
Rich Strike surpassed Country House, who was 65-1 to win in 2019. Country House finished second in the race but was later was moved up to first after the stewards at Churchill Downs disqualified first-place finisher Maximum Security for interference.
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