How The Finishing Horse Didn’t Win This Year’s Kentucky Derby

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Meanwhile in Saratoga Springs, race fans were out and about in celebration by the thousands. Code of Honor won 2nd place.

Maximum Security also had $1,495,408 bet to place and $1,272,082 to show.

Long shot Country House celebrated in the winner's circle after race stewards disqualified the undefeated Maximum Security, who finished first in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Mott had instructed Prat to make that call shortly after jockey Jose Ortiz arrived on Mott's other charge, Tacitus, who wound up third after finishing fourth originally.

It was a first triumph in the Churchill Downs showpiece for trainer Bill Mott and jockey Flavian Prat.

"If this was a maiden claimer on a weekday the victor would come down".

Many people on Twitter seem to be unhappy with the decision. At 65-1 odds, he's the second-biggest longshot ever to take home the Kentucky Derby.

A scary spill for a filly and jockey opened Friday's Kentucky Oaks for fillies, and victor Serengeti Empress won her first start since pulling up in her previous race because of external bleeding.

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The disqualification highlights vast differences in how stewards in jurisdictions around the world handle interference. So, with $1.86 million going to the top finisher at the 2019 Kentucky Derby, the jockey riding the winning horse to victory would earn about $186,000.

Described by horse-racing enthusiasts as "the most exciting two minutes in sports", this year's 145th Kentucky Derby, like every race before it, was two minutes of intensity preceded by a daylong party. Neither the horse nor rider was injured, and both walked off the track. If a leading horse or any other horse in a race swerves or is ridden to either side so as to interfere with, intimidate, or impede any other horse or jockey, or to cause the same result, this action shall be deemed a foul...

In Kentucky, the officiating process can be viewed as two-step. stewards in the state are not required to take a horse down if it's determined that he fouled a rival.

He said the two horses - War of Will and Long Range Toddy - between them had more trouble but his horse felt the effect of Maximum Security's move.

Maximum Security was placed 17th (instead of last in the 19-horse field) because it put him behind all the horses affected by the incident.

Chief Steward of Kentucky Barbara Borden explained the reason for the outcome in a regrettable tone.

"You have to remember... we're only seeing a little bit of (the race live)".

Meanwhile, Rovell revealed that another bettor lost $8,000 after putting money on Maximum Security.

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