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Kentucky Derby Updates | Rich Strike finishes earliest inside Derby

Kentucky Derby Updates | Rich Strike finishes earliest inside Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby (all times EDT):

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7:07 p.m.

Longshot with every one other accompanied by final entry Rich Strike has crossed the complete dash earliest inside the 148th Kentucky Derby, outracing favorite Epicenter with every one other accompanied by Zandon.

The horse entered the meadow on Friday following Ethereal Road was scratched with every one other accompanied by started external outside nevertheless charged down the stretch to go the leaders with every one other accompanied by sprint the 1 1/4 mile inside 2:02.61.

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6:50 p.m.

Former President Donald Trump arrived at Churchill Downs for his $75,000-per-person fundraiser around 6 p.m. His entry was shielded from the general condition with every one other accompanied by the press. He was ushered into the track into and not here of a side hallway that had been used by caterers with every one other accompanied by staff, where his entourage erected an American banner with every one other accompanied by a Kentucky banner to greet him. Before he arrived, staff pulled curtains to corral the press with every one other accompanied by condition away, guarded by FBI agents inside camouflage accompanied by automatic rifles.

Whispers of Trump's coming passed into and not here of the crowd that backed up for 20 minutes. Some shouted his name, "Trump, Trump, Trump." Others seemed irritated at the delay.

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"This is ridiculous," one woman grumbled.

Some got a glimpse of the former President into and not here of a short shatter inside the curtains with every one other accompanied by a rumbled passed into and not here of the crowd.

Some cheered, some booed while the former president was whisked up to the high-priced clubhouses on the upper floors.

Then the curtains parted with every one other accompanied by everyone went on their way.

The details of Trump's event, including who is inside attendance were not made public.

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5:40 p.m.

Bettors are throwing their money behind Epicenter with every one other accompanied by Taiba, toppling Zandon while Kentucky Derby favorite less than 75 minutes earlier to the scheduled 6:57 p.m. pole time.

Both colts are listed while 5-1 choices, accompanied by Messier at 6-1 with every one other accompanied by Zandon now at 7-1. Taiba made the biggest jump following sketch 12-1 likelihood on Monday, getting $3.181 million inside wagers. That's fair behind Epicenter at $3.380 million, who began while the 7-2 following selection behind Zandon.

Zandon, the 3-1 earlier to noon dash favorite on Monday, has $2.698 million inside wagers while Messier has $2.864 million.

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3:30 p.m.

Spectators have crammed inside to the earliest filled Kentucky Derby since the coronavirus pandemic began, standing shoulder-to-shoulder inside lines to place their bets with every one other accompanied by buy mint juleps.

Churchill Downs was packed by early afternoon, hours earlier to the biggest contest of the day.

For set of two years, the pandemic upended the representative extravagance of Derby Day. The 2020 running was delayed until Labor Day weekend with every one other accompanied by held lacking spectators. Last year's contest strictly restricted the number of tickets sold. This year, Churchill Downs hoped to on one occasion additional surpass 150,000, its pre-pandemic numbers.

"It feels exist fond of we have a normal existence again," said Michelle Conforto, a milliner from California arriving for her 12th Derby who was delighted to have to wade into and not here of thick crowds again. "It's a milestone for us to go forward."

Her husband, Joe, wore goggles with every one other accompanied by a stuffed horse named Miss Fancy on his head, decorated inside yellow with every one other accompanied by olive to match his wife's elaborate feathered hat, which encircled her head a foot inside every one direction. They are Derby fixtures with every one other accompanied by people place an extremity to them to lay clasp of pictures.

"We obtain to pay not here hour dated accompanied by people with every one other accompanied by like our lives," Michelle Conforto said. "Today we be in touch free."

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1:45 p.m.

Spectators are returning inside droves for the 148th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, which aims for near to filled capacity beneath the Twin Spires for the earliest hour dated since 2019, earlier to the coronavirus pandemic.

Zandon is the 3-1 earlier to noon dash favorite with every one other accompanied by will begin from the No. 10 post. Epicenter is the 7-2 following selection from the No. 3 post, accompanied by Messier the 8-1 third selection from the No. 6 post. He with every one other accompanied by stablemate Taiba (12-1, No. 12) are actuality guided by Tim Yakteen, who took over training for suspended Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

At a press briefing Saturday, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear brushed off a question concerning former President Donald Trump's rumored appearance at Churchill Downs, noting that Derby Day is "a day of festivity, where hopefully we place some divisions aside."

"Hopefully, we focus additional on the contest inside front of us than some races inside our future," Beshear added. "It's a chance for everybody to see that Kentucky is welcoming to anyone who wants to go nearer to this track, former president included."

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