Did the Kentucky Derby make the right call in disqualifying Maximum Security?

Tyler Gaffalione | Coady

Tyler Gaffalione | Coady

After a lengthy delay, the stewards determined that Maximum Security interfered with War of Will who then bumped Long Range Toddy and Country House, costing the latter a shot at the win.

Barry Stilz on Monday filed an appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on behalf of West.

One of the most controversial and stunning finishes in Kentucky Derby history is causing a Triple Crown ripple effect. The decision paid off, as Spend a Buck won the Jersey Derby nine days after the Preakness and took home $2.6 million in total prize money, at the time the largest single purse in USA horse racing history (a Preakness win was only worth about $300,000 at the time). "Win, lose or draw, we're not going to know the outcome of that until probably months, if not years, down the road".

The owner of Maximum Security says his horse will not be running in the Preakness Stakes in two weeks after the controversy that unfolded at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. The stewards agreed with the objection and gave the win to Country House, the 65-1 long shot who now has a chance at the Triple Crown. After an objection, racing stewards ruled that the colt swerved out and impeded the path of several horses between the far and final turns.

"It was literally like the old TV show, 'the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, ' all within a 22-minute period of time", West said.

West said the earliest he could see the stewards' video evidence would be Thursday, which could determine if he files an appeal in a process he was still trying to understand. "The appeal has to be filed within 48 hours, so we'll be filing that today".

It was the first victor in the 145-year history of the $3m (£2.2m) race to be disqualified on the day.

"Well it shows that the sport is well governed by the racing officials, that they made a very tough decision and in one of the largest and the biggest race in the United States", he said. Forward Pass got the winner's share. And when the decision to disqualify Maximum Security was announced, Mott's plan went up in smoke. "It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a lovely thing to watch". Even President Donald Trump felt the need to weigh in, blaming "political correctness" for what he saw as an unfair decision. "But every Kentucky Derby you could set down two or three or four horses if you wanted to because it's like a rodeo out there".

Country House was declared victor after the horse first past the post was ruled to have impeded rivals on Saturday. And now, the focus during the run-up to the Preakness will be on what's happening off the track. Accusing a horse race.

Now racing moves to the Preakness and Pimlico, where almost 6,700 seats at the dilapidated track have been deemed unsafe and will be unavailable.

The 1 1/8-mile Preakness is May 18 at Pimlico Race Course. I sent (Country House jockey) Flavien (Prat) to the phone to get in there and talk to (the stewards). It would mark his fourth race in eight weeks if he runs.

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Aside from value of the bets themselves, total winnings on Maximum Security would have amounted to $42 million, and potentially much higher, the Action Network reported.

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