Unless you were living under a rock, the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs has concluded. The race which was run on a very muddy, sloppy, wet track had much controversy in the end. Maximum Security seemed to have won the race. But then came the serious controversy at that 145th Kentucky Derby.
An objection over an impediment down the stretch led to would-be winner Maximum Security being disqualified after a long 20-plus minute review. Super long-shot Country House wound up winning the race after the long wait. By actual race time, Country House was a 61-1 long shot while the horse that was robbed of its finish, Maximum Security was a 9-2 favorite. It was also the only undefeated horse in the race.
The shocking decision to overturn Maximum Security’s win at the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday is set to be appealed Monday. Owners of Maximum Security added they were still in “disbelief” at the unprecedented ruling.
As a result of the “loss”, Maximum Security will not be racing in the Preakness Stakes, which is set for May 18, after the horse’s hopes for capturing a Triple Crown were dashed over the weekend.
“We were stunned, shocked, and in total disbelief,” part owner Gary West said. “The appeal has to be filed within 48 hours, so we’ll be filing that today.”
How Did They Come to the Conclusion
On Saturday, stewards spent 20 minutes going over video of the race from various perspectives before ultimately deciding to disqualify Maximum Security for impeding progress around the turn for the home stretch.
The stewards cited a section of the rules that called for disqualification if “a leading horse or any other horse in a race swerves or is ridden to either side so as to interfere with, intimidate, or impede any other horse or jockey.”
The stewards awarded 65-1 longshot Country House the victory. Amazingly, it was the first time in the race’s 145-year history that “the horse who finished first in the Kentucky Derby was disqualified,” according to the race’s official Twitter account.
West said he was upset that chief steward Barbara Borden didn’t take any questions after making the ruling. ANd he has every reason to be upset. Why would they not go “on the record”?
“I think the fact that the head steward would not take any questions shows complete lack of transparency and, optically, appears they know they made a bad decision and needed some time to put the best possible spin on their extremely questionable decision,” he told the New York Post on Sunday.
President Trump also appeared to be displeased with the outcome of the event, blaming it on “political correctness.”
“The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one,” Trump tweeted. “It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby — not even close!”
You know it is heavy when the President weighs in. Although, maybe not so much in this case. He weighs in on everything. That being said, even we at racehorsemeds.com are wondering what really happened here. Many are scratching their heads in disbelief. But at the end of the day and race, the horses gotta keep running and we will keep taking care of horses.
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