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Twitter Gold: Rich Strike Was Exactly That In The 2022 Kentucky Derby

A stunning late surge guarantees this year’s Derby will be talked about for decades.

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148th Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MAY 07: Jockey Sonny Leon reacts after Rich Strike wins the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Every so often in every sport, a lightning bolt strikes. Appalachian State knocking off Michigan in the Big House. Muhammad Ali stunning Sunny Liston. Duke shocking UNLV in the Final Four.

We had one of those moments on Saturday when Rich Strike, who wasn’t even in the Kentucky Derby field Friday, only getting in when another horse scratched, made a brilliant run down the stretch to catch and beat Epicenter and Zandon.

It was a shocking win that absolutely no one saw coming, certainly not the announcer who'd didn’t realize it was happening until it was all but over. And this angle shows what a phenomenal closing kick he had.

App State over Michigan? Buster Douglas? Duke over UNLV?

This was every bit of that, and maybe more.