LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 80-to-1 upset by Rich Strike in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is undoubtedly one of the biggest shocks horse racing has seen in a long time. And the odds only tell part of the story. 

Rich Strike appears to be the first Derby winner ever purchased through a claim, which is essentially a type of race where every horse is for sale at a set price and can be “claimed” by the new owner prior to post time. In this case, Rich Strike was claimed for $30,000 before his second career start last fall. Charismatic, the 1999 Derby winner, ran for a claiming tag early in his career but went unclaimed. 

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