Appeal over Kentucky Derby disqualification denied

BREAKING: Maximum Security will not run in Preakness - ABC 36 News

BREAKING: Maximum Security will not run in Preakness - ABC 36 News

West said Maximum Security, who was ridden by Luis Saez for trainer Jason Servis, is unlikely to run in the second race, with his chance of sealing the treble nearly certainly gone.

The Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is May 18 in Baltimore, and it remains to be seen if the Kentucky Derby victor will race.

"This is something that is big enough that the entire racing world is looking at this, and I think they deserve an opportunity to really know what was going on", West said of his decision to file an appeal.

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey went on to say that there were some potentially unavoidable factors: horses are thousand-pound animals with minds of their own.

Maximum Security was disqualified for a maneuver that impeded several other riders and marked the first time in the Derby's 145-history that a victor was disqualified for a race infraction.

Race stewards ruled he interfered on the corner of the final turn of the race.

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Flavien Prat of Country House and Jon Court of Long Range Toddy filed a complaint with the stewards, who then deliberated for 22 minutes before taking down Maximum Security as the victor and replacing him with runner-up Country House. Now that two horses accomplished it in four years - after a layoff that started in 1979 - maybe we should acknowledged that asking such young horses to run long distances three times over a short period (early May to mid-June) doesn't make much sense.

One of his biggest issues with the Derby result was how the Kentucky Derby stewards handled the situation.

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, was held on a sloppy Churchill Downs track. First-place finisher Dancer's Image tested positive for a prohibited medication, and Kentucky state racing officials ordered the purse money to be redistributed.

Before Saturday, the horse that crossed the wire first was never taken down because of an on-the-track objection in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby.

West said that the appeal will center not on the decision but the way the stewards went about making the decision. However, after a quick Googling, I discovered that they're just a pleasant older couple named Mary and Gary West who run a health care nonprofit that gives grants to people trying to extend the lives of seniors. The disqualification ruling handed the win to Country House, which had been a 65-1 long shot. He said he was troubled by the fact the stewards did not initiate their own inquiry of Maximum Security's trip in the Derby and instead waited for objections from two opposing jockeys, including Country House's rider, Flavien Prat.

On Monday, West blamed fellow competitor Will to Win, which ran from the No. 1 post position, for causing the chaos that saw Maximum Security penalized. The ostensible victor, Maximum Security, was accused of drifting into another horse's path on the muddy track, causing an illegal impediment.

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