Country House wins Kentucky Derby after favorite DQ'd

05 May, 2019, 05:24 | Author: Jared Lewis
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Game Winner is the 9-2 favorite for Saturday's 145th running at Churchill Downs after opening Tuesday as the 5-1 second choice behind Omaha Beach, who was scratched because of a breathing problem.

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. The decision handed the victory to Country House, which started the race at 65-1, and a first-time win to hall of fame trainer Bill Mott.

Flavien Prat, the jockey of Country House, filed a rider's objection claiming that Maximum Security veered out of his path in the final turn, and it was upheld following a lengthy review, ESPN reported.

Code of Honor was moved up to second and Tacitus - also trained by Mott - was third.

At the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas, the reversal caused a mid-five-figure swing against the house in its Kentucky Derby futures odds market, which is separate from the national pari-mutuel pool.

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This means that Maximum Security, who crossed over the finish line before any of his competitors, was initially named the victor, but had that title stripped away moments later.

In 2018, just under 10 horses died each week at racetracks in the United States, according to the Equine Injury Database - a fatality rate estimated to be from 2.5 to 5 times that of racing in the rest of the world, according to the New York Times.

While Maximum Security led wire to wire, Country House was a long shot on the outside looking in until the closer began to pick through the field, eventually finding himself at the front of the pack down the stretch. "If what happened to us was the only thing they were looking at I don't think you would have seen a disqualification".

In the century-plus long history of the race, no horse that finished first has ever had the run overturned. The 151st Belmont Stakes will round out NBC's coverage of the Triple Crown on June 8.

Justify won the Derby past year and went on to win the Triple Crown.

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