Thursday May 26, 2022

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike bit Churchill Downs’ lead pony and got punched for it

Kentucky Derby 2022 winner Rich Strike appeared to have plenty left in the tank after his stunning upset victory in the 148th Run for the Roses on Saturday.

Video from NBC Sports’ broadcast of the Derby shows a Churchill Downs outrider and jockey Sonny Leon struggling to get Rich Strike under control in the moments after the race. At 80-1 odds, Rich Strike surged past the favorite, Epicenter, and Zandon down the stretch to become the second-biggest longshot to win the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

After crossing the finish line, Rich Strike can be seen nipping at the lead pony’s neck and its reins, which prompts the outrider to begin punching the horse’s face.

“Still trying to get this horse under control here,” NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico says during the clip. “… still trying to bite the pony here as they try to get him under control.”

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The post-race moment sparked plenty of reactions on social media, with some Twitter users cracking jokes about the chaotic moment and others questioning/justifying the outrider’s decision to punch Rich Strike.

Twitter reacts to Rich Strike biting pony, getting punched after winning Kentucky Derby

Here’s more Kentucky Derby 2022 news

Rich Strike, with Sonny Leon up, runs down the field to win the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2022Rich Strike, with Sonny Leon up, runs down the field to win the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2022

Rich Strike, with Sonny Leon up, runs down the field to win the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2022

Rich Strike trainer Eric Reed said Sunday that he expects the horse to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown — the Preakness on May 21 in Baltimore.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike bites at Churchill Downs guide pony

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