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Kentucky Derby 2022 Result: Video Shows Rich Strike pulls off incredible upset in first leg of Triple Crown

Kentucky Derby 2022 results: Rich Strike pulls off incredible upset in first leg of Triple Crown. It was the 148th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Rich Strike galloped to one of the biggest upsets in Kentucky Derby history on Saturday when he zoomed past Epicenter on the last stretch of the race to win the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Sonny Leon, in his first Derby, rode Rich Strike to the winner’s circle. The horse, which hadn’t won a race since Maiden Claiming at Churchill Downs last September, somehow pulled together in the final few yards to get the first win.

Epicenter would finish in second place and Zandon would finish in third place.

Rich Strike was eligible for the race but only got into the event after Ethereal Road was scratched. The horse was bred in Kentucky by Calumet Farm and is owned by Richard Dawson’s RED TR-Racing, LLC. Eric Reed is the trainer.

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Dawson said he found out he was in the Derby 30 minutes before the deadline.

“I knew the horse could do it if he could find his way through the traffic. [Sonny Leon] gave him the greatest ride I’ve ever seen,” Reed said.

Leon said he brought his whole family with him to the race to watch him. Looking back at the race on NBC, Leon said “it was amazing.”

Rich Strike was 1-0-3 in seven events.

The colt was mostly in the back or the middle of the pack during the race and it wasn’t until the finish line got closer when Leon decided to make a move and Rich Strike went from about fourth place to the front of the leaders.

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