Maximum Security owner: No on Preakness, yes on Kentucky Derby appeal

Maximum Security owner: No on Preakness, yes on Kentucky Derby appeal

Country House trainer Bill Mott said the colt was in good shape after the Derby but remained noncommittal about the 1 1/8-mile Preakness, which is shorter than the Derby.

West adds that his horse will not run in the Preakness, now that the possibility of a Triple Crown is off the table.

Two days after Maximum Security was disqualified after finishing first at the Kentucky Derby, the horse's owner, Gary West, filed an appeal on Monday to dispute the controversial ruling. "There's no Triple Crown on the line for us, and there's no reason to run a horse back in two weeks when you don't have to".

It was "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all within a 22-minute period of time", West told the TODAY Show on Monday.

"Another rider actually did the same as I did and they decided that it didn't interfere enough with me, but he [Maximum Security] actually caused a lot of damage with other horses, so I think that's why they changed the results", he said.


The owners of Maximum Security, who entered the Kentucky Derby as the favorite following Omaha Beach's withdrawal, argued in the appeal that the stewards made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision when disqualifying their horse.

"The thing that is kind of mystifying to me is that the stewards were either looking at a high-definition television or looking at it with binoculars", West said. "(In) every Kentucky Derby you could set down two or three horses or four horses if you wanted to because it's like a rodeo out there".

What's next for Country House after the Kentucky Derby? Maximum Security's jockey Luis Saez said the noise of the 150,729 fans unnerved the horse, but he quickly got him back under control.

Before Saturday, the horse that crossed the wire first was never taken down because of an on-the-track objection in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby.

It was the first victor in the 145-year history of the $3m (£2.2m) race to be disqualified on the day. "But the Triple Crown is not a normal situation".


Maximum Security finished Saturday's race a length and three-quarters ahead of longshot Country House on a sloppy track.

"Tyler came back and said, 'I nearly went down, '" Casse said, "and I said to him, 'It's not worth it. The best horse was clearly Maximum Security", Tim Doyle, a co-host at the sports network Stadium, told Cheddar in an interview Monday.

"Having the Derby victor, you're pretty much forced to go into the Preakness", Mott said Sunday. "Those horses were all affected by the interference". Stewards determined the impeded the paths of several horses in the race.

The aftermath of the race even saw American president Donald Trump take to Twitter to air his views.


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