Published: Mon, May 06, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Maximum Security disqualified after review, new victor for 145th Kentucky Derby

Maximum Security disqualified after review, new victor for 145th Kentucky Derby

Jockey Flavien Prat, who originated the claim of foul, also won his first Derby. This means the second place finisher, Country House, became the Derby victor.

"We haven't lost any faith in our horse".

"From my point of view, I saw something right away", Keefe said. "(Maximum Security) put people lives in danger, he put jockeys' lives in danger".

"I think this is the most egregious disqualification in the history of horse racing", he told The Associated Press by phone, "and not just because it's our horse".

Country House's distinctly orange coloring only furthered their argument. It made for the second-straight Derby with such conditions. "I think it sends a great message for the integrity of the sport at a time when we've been under fire" after a grim winter at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., saw 23 horses die on the track between December 26 and March 30. He rebounded to win the Preakness two weeks later.

Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Country House trainer Bill Mott should be celebrating the biggest victory of his life with Saturday's Kentucky Derby - but instead finds himself on an unexpected apology tour.

Servis backed up his jockey, saying: "He's right". Long regarded as an elite horseman of uncommon patience and as the trainer of 1990s two-time horse of the year Cigar, the South Dakota native then said of the stewards, "I'm glad I wasn't in their shoes". "They were in position at the time to hit the board". After watching it a few times, I knew they were going to take him down.

"It may compromise his chances a bit and it's not a normal situation to run so often", Mott said.

"I did actually claim foul", Prat said afterward. If a leading horse, or any other horse in a race, swerves or is ridden to either side so as to interfere with or intimidate or impede any other horse or jockey, or to cause same, it is a foul; if a jockey strikes another horse or jockey, it is a foul.

As for appealing the decision, "the only recourse a person would have would be to get it into the federal court system", because of Kentucky regulations, West said, according to Daily Racing Form's website www.drf.com. Trainers and jockeys involved stared at the closest video screen waiting for a result.

Code of Honor was moved up to second and Tacitus was third.

Improbable finished fourth, Game Winner was fifth and Roadster was 16th.

For those who placed a $2 bet on Country House at 65-1, they'd win $132.40.

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