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Old 05-07-2022, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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Rich Strike, who only qualified for the Kentucky Derby after another horse scratched, won the 2022 Kentucky Derby with a masterful run. The odds were 80-1, so just imagine, a $100 bet would have returned eight grand.

It’s an incredible story—second longest long shot to win the Derby, getting the invitation just a day before the race due to the last-minute scratch. First Derby win for the jockey, owner, and trainer. The trainer had lost about 2 dozen horses in a stable fire 6 years ago, and almost quit. The horse only cost 30 grand. By winning the Derby, he made his team nearly $2 million richer.

Rich Strike indeed!

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...e2UYrATctmpzpA
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Old 05-07-2022, 07:54 PM
 
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did you see the overhead view? it was even more impressive to watch the horse turn on the speed after passing thru the traffic jam. Reminds one of Secretariat.
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Old 05-07-2022, 09:53 PM
 
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did you see the overhead view? it was even more impressive to watch the horse turn on the speed after passing thru the traffic jam. Reminds one of Secretariat.
It reminded me of Mine That Bird.
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Old 05-08-2022, 03:58 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I regret overlooking him because he was poised to give the performance that he did. He got far less publicity than any horse in the field in large part because the winner Rich Strike was not even supposed to run. That was a big reason why he was 80-1. But still he was a rapidly improving 3 year old which handicappers are supposed to look for in this race. Beyers (performance rating that I respect) up every race and he had the best closing Timeform in the entire field. I look for that when handicapping the races but I overlooked him and I am blaming myself for doing so.

I'm happy for the connections. I always liked Sonny Leon as a jockey and now the whole world knows who he is. It was a brilliant ride. No one else took the rail and despite having to pass 16 out of 19 others in this race, Sonny did it with relative ease.

I'll bet his old trainer, the respected Joe Sharp, feels sick after this. I may search out an interview if there is one. Old camp (if others were involved in the decision to sell him), especially Sharp are probably going to spend some sleepless nights ahead for letting him go for a lousy 30K. The new connections earned $1,860,000.00 as their share of the winning purse. Obviously one of the if not the worst business decision in the history of the game. Some investment, huh? Congratulations to all involved and to horse players who recognized him as a possibility that he would light the tote board up. I wish I was part of that.

I liked Epicenter to win and he almost did by coming in a good 2nd. Had he won it I would have hit the Oaks-Derby Double. It was a difficult race to handicap anyway as this field was knee deep in talent.

Taiba was a suckers bet and despite the obvious for all to see the bettors still made him the 2nd choice in the wagering. He was one of the worst looking horses in the post parade and ran like it. He was nowhere on my already bought tickets.

Besides trainer Sharp I'd like to see an interview with world class jockey Christophe Lemaire on why he was part of the most blistering pace in the history of this prodigious race. Crown Pride looked the best warming up before the race but the jockey burned him out. Why, Christophe, why were you up so close and going so fast early? The horse was supposed to (in my eyes) be laying back at least a half dozen lengths in back of the blistering opening fractions set by Summer Is Tomorrow who finished a predicted 20th out of the 20 horses.
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Old 05-08-2022, 08:05 AM
 
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did you see the overhead view? it was even more impressive to watch the horse turn on the speed after passing thru the traffic jam. Reminds one of Secretariat.
Secretariat was not a closer.
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Old 05-08-2022, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Rural Wisconsin
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I never watch horse racing, but I saw this when reading the daily news headlines, and it made me very happy.

Although (as I said I am not a horse racing fan, and so I will probably get "beat up" for saying this), it reminded me of the story of Seabiscuit, which I also enjoyed.

I guess I just love it when an "underdog" (or rather, someone who is not given enough notice or credit) WINS!
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Old 05-08-2022, 09:33 AM
 
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Secretariat was not a closer.
well he could come from behind and esp turn on the speed! He could kick it up! So could this one.
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Old 05-08-2022, 11:30 AM
 
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What a wonderful Kentucky Derby...people came out in force, it broke betting records and ended up with what could be the most exciting finish in the Derby ...The " Greatest Two Minutes in Sports"

So happy for Rich Strike, the jockey, the trainer and the owners....pure excitement and great joy !

And I'd wager that there wasn't anyone there who missed a guy by the name of Baffert !
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Old 05-08-2022, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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OMG, this article says Rich Strike is the first claimed horse to every win the Derby!

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-rac...kentucky-derby

What a story!
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Old 05-08-2022, 12:27 PM
 
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did you see the overhead view? it was even more impressive to watch the horse turn on the speed after passing thru the traffic jam. Reminds one of Secretariat.
Rich Strike got a jaw-dropping ride, and you ought to see the overhead view.
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