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Wealthy Strike is the official winner of the 148th Kentucky Derby. The three-year-old thoroughbred brought about fairly an upset on the annual occasion on Might 7, 2022, with an 80-to-1 longshot over Messier and Epicenter — finishing the observe in simply 2.02.61!

Churchill Downs hosted the Kentucky Derby (known for its hats!) on Saturday, with greater than 100,000 spectators in Louisville to soak up the 14 races. Be taught extra about first-time winner Wealthy Strike right here!

He was educated and ridden by first-timers to the Derby

He was educated by Eric R. Reed of RED TR-Racing, LLC — and clearly properly. Strike beat all the chances (80-1) to take the highest spot, and was ridden by jockey Sonny Leon. The derby was the primary ever for each Reed and Leon! What a feat. “We’re getting into and hoping and praying,” Reed stated every week earlier than the competitors.

Eric Reed Was ‘So Comfortable’ After The Win

Reed was understandably shocked after Wealthy Strike took the massive prize. “I don’t know the way (to place the win into phrases). I fell down within the paddock when he hit the wire. I about handed out. I’m so glad,” Reed stated to the Courier Journal shortly after. “That is one thing, , is the explanation everyone does this, as a result of we’re not purported to be right here, however I knew this horse cherished the observe, and we’ve been coaching so good all 12 months,” he additionally stated.

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Wealthy Strike competes in one other race. (Jon Durr/CSM/Shutterstocker)

Wealthy Strike walked away with thousands and thousands

Wealthy Strike is one wealthy horse — no pun supposed. He walked away with $1,860,000 after his win, taking greater than half of the whole purse of the Run for the Roses, which was $3 million.

He had one win earlier than this

 Whereas Strike wasn’t favored within the least for the Derby, he did have one single victory earlier than this at Churchill. The horse gained a $51,500 maiden claiming race final in Sept. 2021, which he took by 17 ¼ lengths at 10-1 odds.

He’s a Kentucky native

Wealthy Strike is born and raised within the southern state of Kentucky, and calls Louisville residence! He has avidly educated in Kentucky along with his “deep nearer” fashion.

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