Kentucky Derby Won By Longest Shot Was Race’s Most Heavily Bet Ever

Kentucky Derby Won By Longest Shot Was Race’s Most Heavily Bet Ever


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

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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

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