Kentucky Derby: Maximum Security owner to appeal over disqualification

Flavien Prat rides Country House to victory during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby

West said Maximum Security, who was ridden by Luis Saez for trainer Jason Servis, is unlikely to run in the second race, with his chance of sealing the treble nearly certainly gone. That changed as Maximum Security was knocked down to 17th for interfering with the path of two other horses, which left 65-to-1 Country House as the victor of the first leg of the Triple Crown in stunning fashion.

One of the owners of Maximum Security has confirmed the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has denied their appeal.

"Winning it was the most euphoric thing I have probably ever had in our lives, and disappointment when they took the horse down for the first time in history, we were stunned, shocked and in total disbelief".

West said he planned to file a formal appeal of the disqualification with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday. Instead, it seems that Trump is genuinely convinced that because people don't slink away when his supporters say and do hateful shit, we live in such a rules-oriented culture that we can't let rowdy horses bump into each other on a muddy racetrack.

Country House #20, ridden by jockey Flavien Prat, races to the finish to win the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 04, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The fastest two minutes in sports turned into the longest 22 minutes of waiting for an official result after an objection call by two jockeys caused the stewards to overturn the initial decision and crown Country House the Kentucky Derby champion. Now that two horses accomplished it in four years - after a layoff that started in 1979 - maybe we should acknowledged that asking such young horses to run long distances three times over a short period (early May to mid-June) doesn't make much sense. "And there's no reason to run a horse back in two weeks if you don't have to".

The owners of the horse that was disqualified after coming in first at this weekend's Kentucky Derby are planning to appeal the decision in a last ditch effort to be named the rightful victor of the famed event. First-place finisher Dancer's Image tested positive for a prohibited medication, and Kentucky state racing officials ordered the purse money to be redistributed.

That leaves Country House, who was tapped as the Kentucky Derby victor as a result of Maximum Security's DQ, as the likely favorite for the Black Eyed Susans in Baltimore.

Gary West told "The Story with Martha MacCallum" that he "expected" the ruling from the KHRC, which ruled that the stewards' decision was not subject to appeal and denied a request to stay the disqualification ruling pending appeal.

This actually is a fairly controversial time in horse racing, as the first few months of 2019 have been an especially fatal year for a sport that already sees hundreds of horses die from racing-related injuries every year.

At the Kentucky Derby last weekend, some horsies ran around in a circle and one of them was faster than the others.

West blames Churchill Downs, which hosts the race, for allowing 20 horses because it is "greedy". Country House, a 65-1 shot, was elevated to first. "He ran a really good and a really hard race on Saturday".

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