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Crown Pride Fades Late, Finishes 13th in the Kentucky Derby

As jockey Christophe Lemaire’s horse runs out of steam, 80-1 Rich Strike claims the second-biggest upset in race history.



Crown Pride (third from right), ridden by Christophe Lemaire, competes in the 148th Kentucky Derby on May 7 in Louisville, Kentucky. (USA TODAY/REUTERS/via KYODO)

Crown Pride under Christophe Lemaire took the lead three-quarters of a mile into the 148th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7.

But when the 1¼-mile race was over, Crown Pride had faded far from the front of the pack.

Trainer Koichi Shintani’s entry finished 13th in the 20-horse field at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rich Strike, an 80-1 longshot, beat Epicenter by three-quarter lengths to win the Run for the Roses. Zandon, Simplification and Mo Donegal rounded out the top five. (Watch the race replay here.)

It was the second-biggest upset in Derby history. 

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Author: Ed Odeven

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