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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MAY 07: Jockey Sonny Leon reacts as Rich Strike wins the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

At best-and that’s even a stretch-I’m a casual horse racing fan.  I’ve been to the track a couple of times in my life.  I’ve placed some bets.  I’ve won some money.  I’ve lost some money.  I had fun.  I don’t pretend to know ANYTHING about the sport at all.  In this way, my relationship with it is not dissimilar with the one I have with Indy Racing.  And just like I always tune in for parts (at least) of the Indy 500, I always tune in to the Kentucky Derby.  And this past Saturday, it took my breath away.  This is the best view.  Just watch what happened with “Rich Strike.”

Not even Disney would have scripted a finish like this.  “Rich Strike” literally went from 15th place to winning the biggest horse race in the world from the last turn to the finish line.  I’ve never seen ANYTHING like this in any kind of race-human, equine, or otherwise.  The next leg in horse racing’s “triple crown” is The Preakness Stakes next month.  Normally, this is not on my casual-fan-radar.  It is now must-see.