The Kentucky Derby is in its 148th year. It is an American tradition, especially a Kentucky tradition. While researching this particular piece, I even got into the spirit (ahem) of it by making a mint julep. Hard work, I tell you.
If you want to see some Louisville luck, you have to check out this angle of the 2022 Kentucky Derby victory. Rich Strike was in 17th position into the final turn.
That is an incredible comeback. The stamina needed to increase speed in the last push of a race is beyond comprehension. Jockey Sonny Leon had Rich Strike go to the inside to beat two favorites, Zandon and Epicenter. This won them the race. Impressive for a horse that wasn't even entered in the Kentucky Derby the Friday before the event. Saturday evening, Rich Strike was an 80-1 long shot to win the Derby. Rick Dawson who is the owner of Rich Strike, didn't even find out his horse would be running in the Derby until about 30 seconds before the Friday morning deadline.
"We always felt if we could just get in, we'd have a shot," Dawson said. "We proved it today."
This upset was the biggest one in the Kentucky Derby in over one hundred years when a horse named Donerail overcame 91-1 odds to win. This is the kind of thing they make Oscar-nominated movies about. For an inspirational weekend sometime in the future, movies like "Rudy," "Seabiscuit," and perhaps "Rich Strike" may be in the queue?