Top view illuminates Rich Strike’s unlikely Kentucky Derby win

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With 50 seconds to go, Rich Strike was so far behind that he was barely in the picture.

Jockey Sonny Leon reacts after Rich Strike won the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Rich Strike wasn’t even in the Kentucky Derby field until Ethereal Road scrambled on Friday. Once Rich Strike got in, it did with an 80-1 chance of winning Saturday’s race. It was the first Derby of jockey Sonny Leon and trainer Eric Reed.

The odds were high against them, but they managed to take a stunning win to join Saint Peter’s men’s basketball team as one of the best underdog stories of 2022.

The horse started slow and then quickly picked up steam as the race progressed, finally getting going in a sparkling final minute.

Watching the live broadcast, it’s hard for non-horse enthusiasts to tell how unlikely the win was. This angle, delivered by NBC Sports, shows the improbability of the win in a new light. With 50 seconds to go, Rich Strike was so far behind that he was barely in the picture.

The horse was spirited afterward, but he certainly deserved a little fun after putting together the second-biggest upset in the history of the race.

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