The Hero of Louisiana

The Kentucky Derby. Photo by John Athayde

With the Kentucky Derby exactly one month away, many folks are now turning their attention to the most exciting two minutes in sports. Leading up to the first race of the Triple Crown is the 140th Thoroughbred Racing Season, culminating in the Louisiana Derby. This year in the 99th running of the Louisiana Derby we saw one of the most unlikely victories you’ll ever see in horse racing. Hero of Order, a 109-1 under-under-underdog, won by a nose and put $220.80 in the pocket of anyone with a $2 betting slip on the horse. That’s over $11,000 if you happened to be crazy enough to drop $100 on the longshot.

As we get closer to big race at Churchill Downs, this might help a few more people play those deep odds for a chance at glory. Recent winners with long odds have been Giacomo, Mine That Bird and last year’s victor Animal Kingdom, so it’s not out of the realm that you can watch another relative unknown cross the line in first place. They might have to start an extra quarter-mile behind the pack to get odds at 109-1 though.

Watch Hero of Order’s amazing win:

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