Published: Mon, May 06, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kentucky Derby drama as victor DQ

Kentucky Derby drama as victor DQ

"The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby - not even close!" he tweeted.

Officials cited Maximum Security for interference and the colt became the first Kentucky Derby victor to be disqualified for violating a state regulation that penalizes horses for impeding the path of another in a race. The decision after "a rough and tumble race" on a muddy track "was not a good one", he said. But the Kentucky Derby is not an average race.

Country House was trained by Bill Mott and ridden by jockey Flavien Prat.

Country House was dismissed as a long shot with a bad post on the far outside.

Code of Honor was elevated to second and Tacitus to third in the 1 1/4-miles race, run for the third straight year over a wet track.

Country House, a longshot who placed second, was awarded the title after officials determined that Maximum Security had committed an interference foul.

Though it's the second time a victor has been disqualified in the race's 145-year history, it's the first time it's happened because of a protest during the race.

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Prat said: "I'm kind of speechless right now". Maximum Security, the race leader, had abruptly moved to the outside, cutting into the path of War of Will and causing Long Range Toddy to check up.

Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez said he didn't put anyone in danger, but admitted that the horse "shied away from the noise of the crowd and may have ducked out a little".

Less than 24 hours after being in the eye of one of the most surreal editions of the Kentucky Derby in its 145-year history, trainer Mark Casse found himself marveling at another remarkable feat Sunday morning.

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Many people on Twitter seem to be unhappy with the decision.

'I really lost my momentum around the turn, ' he said of Maximum Security's foul, which came as several horses were gaining ground on the leader. After watching it a few times, I knew they were going to take him down.

By most accounts situations like this one are fairly common in horse racing, and it is an easy call in an average race. Unfortunately, just days before the race, the star horse was pulled from the event, his trainer Richard Mandella confirmed, according to ESPN.

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