Maximum Security's owner to appeal Kentucky Derby disqualification
07 May, 2019, 03:55 | Author: Isabel Grant
West said he did see Maximum Security, who led from almost start to finish, move over several lanes but felt such contact was inevitable given the number of horses allowed to race in the Kentucky Derby, which usually features 20 horses but this year had 19 year after a late scratch.
The Derby is the first leg of the famous Triple Crown, which moves on to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore on May 18 before the final leg at Belmont Park, on Long Island on June 8.
An appeal filed Monday morning was denied later in the day by the KHRC, which stated in a letter to West's attorney that the stewards' decision is not subject to appeal. "And I think they deserve an opportunity to really know what was going on".
Country House went off 65-1 and won the race after Maximum Security, who crossed the finish line first, was disqualified for interfering with other horses during the race. Doyle added, however, that Maximum Security did violate the rules and that the stewards, the "referees" of horse racing, made the right decision.
The objection was upheld following an extensive 22-minute review and Country House was declared the victor after entering the race as a 65-1 longshot and taking home the race's $1.86 million prize.
'I think there's no Triple Crown on the line for us, ' West said.
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