Maximum Security team may appeal disqualification

Maximum Security team may appeal disqualification

Country House's trainer Bill Mott, who got his first Kentucky Derby win, said: "I know the stewards had a very, very hard decision and I'm glad I wasn't in their shoes". That changed as Maximum Security was knocked down to 17th for interfering with the path of two other horses, which left 65-to-1 Country House as the victor of the first leg of the Triple Crown in stunning fashion.

Maximum Security co-owner Gary West told NBC's Today that he will be filing the appeal on Monday after seeing his horse get disqualified in Louisville when, race officials ruled, it moved out of its lane and collided with another horse, War of Will.

"Winning it was the most euphoric thing I have probably ever had in our lives, and disappointment when they took the horse down for the first time in history, we were stunned, shocked and in total disbelief".

Plus, trainer Bob Baffert - who had three horses in the Kentucky Derby - said Monday that all three came out of the race well but only Improbable (one of the Derby favorites who finished fourth after getting penned in at the start of the race) is under Preakness consideration "right now". "I think they ought to have 14 like every other race", West said.

"I'm thrilled with (Country House), and I'm happy for everyone who has worked with the horse and I think they deserved the win".

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

Maximum Security, the first to finish the muddy race Saturday, became the first Derby victor to be disqualified for interference.

"I think there's no Triple Crown on the line for us", West said.


"The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one", Trump tweeted Sunday.

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, was held on a sloppy Churchill Downs track. Though shorter than the Kentucky Derby, the race requires a quick turnaround.

It was the first victor in the 145-year history of the $3m (£2.2m) race to be disqualified on the day. I sent (Country House jockey) Flavien (Prat) to the phone to get in there and talk to (the stewards).

West, 73, said that since race stewards didn't notice the infraction during the race, and were only alerted to it by jockeys, then it deserved further inquiry. The decision made Country House, the second-place finisher, the victor of the historic race.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader's John Clay, Bodexpress (13th in the Kentucky Derby) is expected to run in the Preakness, and War of Will (bumped up to seventh in the Kentucky Derby after the Maximum Security decision) could also be there.

"Why this is such a great controversy is because the best horse won the race".

When pressed on the letter of the law, West did not back down and reiterated his opposition to Maximum Security's disqualification.

West blames Churchill Downs, which hosts the race, for allowing 20 horses because it is "greedy".

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