Rich Strike Controversy

Rich Strike Controversy: Race Handler Punches Rich Strike After Winning Kentucky Derby


Rich Strike had no business running in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. He was a late entry who barely made the starting lineup. On race day, he was practically a 100-to-1 longshot to win, and he had the farthest outside entry gate.

When it came to people betting on the longest of long shots, he was practically a flop.

For sure-thing gamblers, he was the ugly duckling. And when the 148th Kentucky Derby got down to the wire, it appeared that race favorite Epicenter would win. Rich Strike, however, struck it rich for his owners, trainer, and jockey out of nowhere.

Rich Strike paid $163.60 on a $2 victory bet, the second-largest upset in Kentucky Derby history. Donerail is the longest shot to win the event, with 91-1 odds in 1913.

Rich Strike was in good form Sunday morning, according to Reed, who stated the trainer couldn’t sleep Saturday night.

“By 10 p.m. (Saturday) night, he’d eaten everything and was already asking for more,” Reed added. “He’s making a walking noise.” His legs are fantastic. There are no problems, bumps, or bruises that we can observe right now. He hasn’t lost much weight, either. We’ll see how he feels in a few days. Thank God, he came out of the race in great form.”

Rich Strike Controversy

Rich Strike emerged from the middle of the pack to win the race by walking down Epicenter. The “Greatest Two Minutes of Sports” included one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

The nipping began as Rich Strike was galloping to cool off and relax after one of the sports’ most incredible victories.

As with typical races of this kind, a guy rode a horse beside Rich Strike and jockey Sonny Leon. Rich Strike started gnawing on the horse next to him. As a result, the handler continued to throw a right elbow at Rich Strike’s head.

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It appeared to be a perilous scenario for both the horses and the men who rode them at a time when they should have been enjoying themselves.

Here’s a look at what went down on the dirt at Churchill Downs after Rich Strike won.

On Twitter, people said things like: “I used to own a horse. He had to be chained or kept in his own pen because he was a bully around the other animals. If you tried to transport hay, he’d grab it and hog it from the sheep; he killed two baby lambs for wandering into his cage.”

More folks are commenting on the bites and subsequent punches.

“Those who have spent time with horses are aware of this. Punching a 1000-pound animal will not damage it. When our horses are being pushy, I punched them in the nose. They’re in good shape. They bite to demonstrate their authority.”

“Wants to race in the Preakness and Belmont right now because he’s having a great day.”

Rich Strike Controversy

“He wanted to run another mile!”

“That horse is Mountain Dew and Red Bulled!”

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Who Is Rich Strike Horse?

Rich Strike’s dam, Gold Strike, was named Champion 3-Year-Old Filly in Canada after winning four black-type events, including the Selene Stakes (G3) and Labatt Woodbine Oaks, and finishing third against males in the Queen’s Plate Stakes.

How Much Did Rich Strike Jockey Win?

Rich Strike Controversy

Rich Strike won $1,860,000 of the $3 million Kentucky Derby money. Rich Strike’s career earnings were only $111,289.

Why Was Rich Strike Punched in The Face?

Instead of releasing the horse or having the jockey tug on the outside rein to move his head, outrider Greg Blasi appears to have taken his fury out on Rich Strike, punching him in the face and yanking on his reins numerous times.