The Kentucky Derby won on Saturday by ultra-longshot Rich Strike was the most heavily-wagered in the storied race’s history, but only a tiny fraction was put down on the winner.
A record $179 million was bet on the race at Churchill Downs, a 17% increase over last year and 8% greater than the record set in 2019, track officials told ESPN. But of that record haul, just over half-a-million dollars was put down on the 80-1 long shot that edged out the field.
“Long-shot bettors got their wish,” Paul Zilm, of Las Vegas-based sports book Circa, told ESPN at Circa
Rich Strike, which closed at 80-1 odds — the longest of any horse in the field of 20 — won by 3/4 of a length over Epicenter and