Country House wins Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security disqualified in stunner

Getty									Game Winner is the favorite heading into the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Getty Game Winner is the favorite heading into the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Maximum Security led all the way in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, only to become the first victor disqualified for interference in the race's 145-year history.

Country House, jockeyed by Flavien Prat and trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, was named the victor of the 2019 Kentucky Derby after it was ruled that post time favorite Maximum Security made a move that significantly changed the outcome of the race.

History was made on Saturday at the Kentucky Derby as the winning horse "has been disqualified", according to the Associated Press. But minutes later, an inquiry ruling named Country House, who was a longshot at 65-1, as the official victor. The second horse to cross the line, Country House, thus became the 2019 Kentucky Derby champion.

Maximum Security also had $1,495,408 bet to place and $1,272,082 to show. Some who had wagered on Country House to win immediately tossed away their tickets at the finish, only to then scramble on the floor of the stands at Churchill Downs, frantically searching for their betting slips.

Instead, Maximum Security was dropped to 17th of 19 horses.

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Leading up to the race, Maximum Security held 8-1 odds to win the race and was widely considered one of the favorites to win. His other horse, Roadster, was 15th.

Maybe this was one for his father: Lookin At Lucky got saddled with the dreaded No. 1 post in the 2010 Derby, where he got pinned to the rail and wound up sixth.

In the century-plus long history of the race, no horse that finished first has ever had the run overturned.

The only other time a Derby victor had been disqualified came in 1968, when Dancer's Image was taken down after a post-race drug screening announced several days after the race.

Two-time Triple Crown victor Baffert finished Improbable at fourth, Game victor at fifth and Roadster at 15th.

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