An appeal filed by the owner of Maximum Security, the horse that finished first in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday but was later disqualified for interference, was denied by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday.
The 65-1 long shot crossed the wire second but was declared the victor after Maximum Security, who finished over a length ahead, was disqualified by race stewards for moving out of his lane and impeding several other horses.
Stilz is also seeking all materials related to the stewards' disqualification determination, including their notes "and the recording of their almost 22 minutes of deliberations; and any written decision issued by the stewards with respect to Maximum Security's disqualification", the letter said. "We determined that the 7 horse [Maximum Security] drifted out and impacted" three other riders, Barbara Borden, the chief steward for the state of Kentucky, said in a statement to the press.
One of the most controversial and stunning finishes in Kentucky Derby history is causing a Triple Crown ripple effect. Even being able to put Kentucky Derby victor on a stallion's resume greatly enhances future stud fees.
"This is something that is big enough that the entire racing world is looking at this, and I think they deserve an opportunity to really know what was going on", West said of his decision to file an appeal.
Maximum Security's co-owner said Monday he will not run the horse in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Maximum Security got bumped all the way down to 17th in the 19-horse race. The disqualification handed victory to 65-1 longshot Country House.
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After giving away a foul, the winger was getting up to his feet when he appeared to be struck on the back by the retreating Lerma. And minutes later he nearly gave away a penalty when he kicked Callum Wilson in the back of the leg but again Pawson said no.
The only other Derby disqualification took place in 1968 when first-place finisher Dancer's Image tested positive for a prohibited medication days after the race.
This is, in fact, how it was always supposed to work: The Kentucky Derby is meant to be the singular event that reminds the general public about horse racing and maybe, just maybe, lures a few people into regularly caring about the sport. Country House was declared the victor.
With the call to disqualify Maximum Security in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, winning tickets went from modest to lucrative.
On Monday, West - a billionaire and well known breeder of thoroughbred racing horses - also announced that Maximum Security will not be running in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, later this month. A subsequent court challenge upheld the stewards' decision.
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One of his biggest issues with the Derby result was how the Kentucky Derby stewards handled the situation. It was a rough & tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a attractive thing to watch.
But that's not what Trump is upset about, or what he considers "political correctness".