Maximum Security Owner To Appeal Kentucky Derby Ruling

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As a result, the horse was placed 17th and Country House, a 65 to 1 longshot, was named the winning horse. Maximum Security was disqualified for interference and the victory awarded to Country House.

Luis Saez rides Maximum Security to the finish line first during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.

One of the horse's owners, Gary West, announced Monday morning on "The Today Show" on NBC that he would be appealing the stewards' historic decision to disqualify.

"I made an objection because when I made my move around the [final] turn I thought I was pushed out from the inside and so as we crossed the finish line and I pulled up my horse, I was waiting to see if there was any inquiry because I thought it was a pretty wide movement", Prat explained.

The objection was upheld following an extensive 22-minute review and Country House was declared the victor after entering the race as a 65-1 longshot and taking home the race's $1.86 million prize. Maximum Security stable manager Ben Glass told Bill Finley of Thoroughbred Daily News that the 73-year-old is now contemplating if he should bow out of horse racing.

"We are going to file an appeal today with the State Racing Commission", said West.

West also said Maximum Security won't run in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, the second leg of the Triple Crown, on May 18.

West then pointed the finger at the Kentucky Derby for allowing 20 horses in the race (there were 19 after two scratches), while the Kentucky Oaks and other top races have 14 competitors on the track. I think that this is something that is big enough and the entire racing world is looking at this and I think they deserve an opportunity to know what was going on.

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West also said there would be no rematch with Country Horse in the second leg of USA thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown, the May 18 Preakness Stakes at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course.

"I think the fact that the head steward would not take any questions shows complete lack of transparency and, optically, appears they know they made a bad decision and needed some time to put the best possible spin on their extremely questionable decision", he told the New York Post on Sunday. "But every Kentucky Derby you could set down two or three or four horses if you wanted to because it's like a rodeo out there".

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.

But it's indeed rare to see the Kentucky Derby victor skip the Preakness for reasons other than injury.

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When asked for comment, Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery said in an email sent to Reuters that the size of the field was not a factor in Maximum Security's disqualification.

"It may compromise his chances a bit and it's not a normal situation to run so often", Mott said.

West also declared Maximum Security fine but will monitor him the next few days.

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