In Massive Upset, Minnesota-Owned Horse Favorited To Win Kentucky Derby Comes In 3rd

8 May 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A Minnesota-owned horse favorited to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday ended the race in third.

Zandon, who is owned by Jeff Drown of Clearwater, was one of two Minnesota horses in the race. The other was Zozos, who is owned by Barry and Joni Butzow of Eden Prairie.

For a single horse with a Minnesota connection to be part of the “fastest two minutes in sports” is exceptional, doubly so when there’s two in a given race.

RELATED: What Is Minnesota’s History With The Kentucky Derby?

While Zandon went into Churchill Downs with 3-1 odds, the Minnesota-owned horse got caught up dueling with the race’s other leading contender, Epicenter, before both were surpassed by Rich Strike in the closing strides. Epicenter finished second.

According to The Associated Press, Rich Strike had the second-biggest upset in the race’s 148-year history. Rich Strike earned $1.86 million for just his second career victory.

(© Copyright 2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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