Country House declared victor of Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security is disqualified

Country House declared victor of Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security is disqualified

That left two byproducts of note.

Country House came into the 2019 Kentucky Derby as a long shot and did not cross the finish line at Churchill Downs ahead of Maximum Security, who seemingly went wire to wire for a thrilling victory on a muddy track in Louisville.

It was ruled that Maximum Security stepped out of its lane and impeded the run of another horse. Country House, front left, was declared the victor after a review.

"If it was a maiden claimer on a weekday, the victor would come down", Mott said before stewards declared his horse the victor.

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 had to stop very abruptly, " Court said.

"We wanted to have the stewards explain to us what they saw and show us on their video the pictures of exactly what they saw, and they refused to allow us to do that", he said. Maximum Security's jockey, Luis Saez, believed he had done nothing wrong. Coverage of the Kentucky Derby begins on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 4, and the race itself is scheduled to start at about 6:50 p.m. ET.

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Lawson says in most countries, Maximum Security's victory would likely have been upheld because officials have more discretion to determine where each horse would have finished had the interference not occurred.

And the best story on the track may not materialize: a Maximum Security-Country House rematch. I'm thrilled with the horse. The longest shot to win the Derby in more than 100 years, at 65-1, a $2 won $132.

Mott's camp was understandably ecstatic with the win.

"I'm kind of speechless right now", Prat said, letting out a long sigh. The ruling confused the 150,729 spectators who saw the race in person and millions more who watched the broadcast. "I thought I never put anybody in danger", Saez said after the race.

It meant Maximum Security was disqualified in dramatic scenes.

The horse's co-owner told the Associated Press that the disqualification was "egregious" and they are exploring possible options to appeal. The presumption was that Game Winner, loser of his last two races, but considered the strongest of Baffert's three horses, would be the new favorite.