(CNN)In a stunning upset that sent the assemblage roaring, Rich Strike won the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs successful Louisville, Kentucky, connected Saturday.
The equine entered the contention astatine 80-1 likelihood -- the biggest long-shot successful the 20-horse field. Rich Strike began the derby week arsenic an alternate and wasn't added to the tract until Friday, erstwhile different equine pulled retired of the race.
"We came present connected a prayer," trainer Eric Reed said during a quality league aft the race. "Anybody that's successful this business, lightning tin strike."
As the horses entered the last agelong of the race, Rich Strike was successful the mediate of the battalion but surged past front-runners and betting favorites Epicenter and Zandon successful the last seconds of the race.
Epicenter and Zandon finished successful 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Reed said his squad went to Louisville a fewer days earlier the derby, portion inactive connected alternate status, to hole for the imaginable script that the equine would beryllium successful the race. Rich Strike began grooming "against each odds, cipher thought we could get in," Reed said.
On Friday, a time earlier the race, officials announced different horse, Ethereal Road, was retired and Rich Strike was in.
"I couldn't adjacent breathe," Reed said.
"This is ... the crushed everybody does this. Cause we're not expected to beryllium here, but I knew this equine loved the way and he's been grooming truthful bully each year," helium said aft the race. This is Reed's archetypal winning equine successful the derby.
Venezuelan jockey Sonny Leon, riding successful his archetypal Kentucky Derby, drove Rich Strike to the astonishment triumph and the $1.86 cardinal winner's purse.
"I was excited," Leon said astir his emotions earlier the race. "Nobody knows my equine similar I cognize that horse."
Rich Strike is owned by RED TR-Racing, LLC, according to the derby's website.
Dubbed the "Greatest Two Minutes successful Sports" -- a motion to its approximate tally clip -- the Derby is the archetypal contention successful US equine racing's coveted Triple Crown, which besides includes the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
The adjacent limb of the Triple Crown volition beryllium tally successful Baltimore, Maryland, connected May 21.
The contention was wide-open this twelvemonth without trainer Bob Baffert, who was banned from Churchill Downs for 2 years aft Medina Spirit, who crossed the decorativeness enactment archetypal past year, aboriginal tested affirmative for a banned substance. Medina Spirit died unexpectedly in December.
Baffert claimed an ointment utilized to dainty dermatitis whitethorn person caused the affirmative test.
The archetypal runner-up successful that race, Mandaloun, was announced the winner.