Country House wins Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security is disqualified
May 06 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump blasted Maximum Security's disqualification, blaming the Derby outcome on "political correctness". Commenting for NBC, Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Jerry Bailey suggested that while an infraction had occurred, the stewards might overlook it because, as he said, "the best horse won the race".
Country House was declared the victor after stewards spent more than 20 minutes reviewing the tape of the one and a quarter mile race run on a dirt racetrack at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Stewards took about 20 minutes reviewing the race from several angles before declaring second-placed finisher Country House the victor. "It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a attractive thing to watch", he wrote on Twitter.
At 65-1, Country House was the second-largest longshot in the history of the race after Donerail at 91-1 in 1913.
"It's unbelievable", Country House's jockey Flavien Prat told NBC Sports after the result was announced. Maximum Security went off at 9-2 odds, making him the second favorite. I feel bad for (jockey) Luis Saez and (trainer) Jason Servis and I feel bad for (Country House's trainer) Bill Mott.
Of course, when one door closes, another opens in gambling, and it paid off handsomely for anyone who bet on the 65-1 underdog Country House.
Though it's the second time a victor has been disqualified in the race's 145-year history, it's the first time it's happened because of a protest during the race.
"The victor kind of pushed me sideways", Prat said.
"It's something that it'll give somebody a lot to talk about for a long time", Mott said.
Instead, previously undefeated Maximum Security was dropped to 17th of 19 horses.
The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes are far more than just two-minute horse races... "The horse racing world should be happy War of Will is such an athlete because not every horse doesn't go down there". Maximum Security, who had crossed the finish line first, was disqualified.
The Derby finish will be debated for some time, and that's not good for the beleaguered sport. The president also managed to misspell the name of the race.
Maximum Security. Remember the name.
'If you think the end of the Kentucky Derby was confusing now you know how the horses feel about the whole race, ' comedy writer Matt Goldich posted on Twitter.