Maximum Security owner weighs options after Derby disqualification


Country House has officially won the 145th Kentucky Derby after stewards awarded the 65-1 long shot the win after Maximum Security, the first horse to cross the finish line, was disqualified.

Maximum Security, the initial victor of this year's annual horse race that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky during the first week of May, was stripped of his first place title for interfering with the path of other horses.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the disqualification of the Kentucky Derby's first-place finisher, saying the ruling reflects an era of "political correctness".

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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. And it's unfortunate because I don't know what he shied from.

'Fixed! I'll never watch this again! Maximum Security, was the first to cross the finish but was then disqualified. Mott said he hadn't even talked yet with the various owners about the Preakness, even if he knows people expect the Derby victor to alight there, even a Derby victor who hasn't hit the wire first in any of his three Derby prep races or in the Derby itself. "He straightened him up right away and I didn't think it affects the outcome of the race".

"I know the stewards had a very, very hard decision and I'm glad I wasn't in their shoes", said trainer Bill Mott, who got his first Kentucky Derby win. Boos accompanied the trophy presentation as backers of Maximum Security, second-favorite in the race at just more than 4-1 odds, tore up their mutuel tickets.

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Country House, at 65-1, had the second-longest odds of any Kentucky Derby victor.

Jockey Flavien Prat celebrates with the connections of Country House #20 after winning the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 04, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Maximum Security's disqualification at Saturday's Kentucky Derby was both a shocking and costly affair.

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"We had a lengthy review of the race, we interviewed affected riders". It was only the chestnut colt's second win in seven career starts and his first stakes victory. When asked if he or jockey Tyler Gaffalione considered lodging a claim of foul themselves, Casse explained that he didn't feel it would be worth it given where they finished.