Country House wins Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security disqualified

Country House wins Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security disqualified

Even the US President Donald Trump has weighed in on the controversial stewards decision to strip Maximum Security of Sunday's Kentucky Derby.

Runner-up Country House, a 65-1 long shot, was elevated to the winner's circle Saturday to the astonishment of Maximum Security's team, which insisted the horse did not cut off his competitors. Twitter naturally lost their minds at the first DQ of a victor in the history of the Kentucky Derby. "It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a handsome thing to watch", he wrote on Twitter.

The 9-2 second choice initially appeared to have backed up his undefeated record with a 1 3/4-length victory over Country House on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs.

A select few jockeys manage to earn very good livings, perhaps even over $1 million annually for those who ride world-class horses and perform well at the racetrack regularly. "If in the opinion of the stewards a foul alters the finish of a race, an offending horse may be disqualified by the stewards".


Meanwhile, Rovell revealed that another bettor lost $8,000 after putting money on Maximum Security. The remainder of the field, in order, was Improbable, Game Winner, Master Fencer, War of Will, Plus Que Parfait, Win Win Win, Cutting Humor, By My Standards, Vekoma, Bodexpress, Long Range Toddy, Maximum Security, Spinoff and Gray Magician.

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Country House trainer Bill Mott noted that while his horse was not impeded by Maximum Security's move, the decision would have been an easy call in a run-of-the-mill race.

Stewards disqualified Maximum Security after ruling the well-fancied runner interfered with other runners when racing erratically in the muddy conditions on the home turn.


Then came an objection, invoked by Flavien Prat, the 26-year-old jockey from Melun, France, based in Southern California and riding in his third Kentucky Derby. I feel sorry for (Maximum Security's owners Gary and Mary West) because they won the biggest race of their lives and got DQ'd.

Ed DeRose, the director of communication for TwinSpires.com, the online betting site for the Kentucky Derby, approximated the potential winnings based off of win, place, and show bets. "I've been on the other end of it, just not in the Kentucky Derby". Following a derby that saw over $150 million in bets for the first time, their decision also reignites discussion over transparency in the coming world of legal sports gambling.

A foul, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, is "any action by any jockey or driver that tends to hinder another jockey or any horse in the proper running of the race".


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