Kentucky Derby drama as victor DQ

Kentucky Derby drama as victor DQ

Country House (65-1) won the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday after Maximum Security (4-1) crossed the finish line first but was disqualified after video review.

It originally looked as if Maximum Security had won the race by 1 3/4 lengths, but after a review that took over 20 minutes, it was determined the horse had interfered with the path of other horses.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday blasted the result of the Kentucky Derby horse race, saying the controversial disqualification of first-finisher Maximum Security could only happen in "these days of political correctness".

It left 65-1 outsider Country House, ridden by Flavian Prat for trainer Bill Mott, to be declared the victor.

'I'm very confused. How does the horse know the rules?' they hilariously wrote. "I've been on the other end of it, just not in the Kentucky Derby". "Once I got him outside and I started to make my move, Maximum Security kind of drifted out and kind of turned us sideways", winning jockey Flavien Prat told reporters. Game Winner took its place for favorite with 5/1 odds, while Improbable and Roadster were close behind at 6/1, according to Forbes.

There could be appeals to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission or the courts. "But then I grabbed him and I controlled him". "Due to the disqualification, I think some of that is diminished". A Kentucky Derby result has never been overturned via objection.


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Maximum Security closed as a favorite at 9-2, and more than $6.2 million was bet on the colt.

Country House entered the Derby as a longshot at 65-1 odds, the second-longest of any Kentucky Derby victor. The $132.40 to win was the second-highest payout in Derby history. Not only are injuries common for jockeys, they also must do whatever is necessary to keep their own weight down, typically at around 100 pounds, so that their horses can be as fast as possible.

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

"If this was a $10,000 race on a Thursday, it's a no-brainer", Mott said.

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