Second place finisher Country House has been given the title of race victor.
Country House finished second in the slop before an objection was raised, causing a lengthy delay while stewards repeatedly reviewed several angles of video footage, before he was elevated into the winner's circle. "We'll just have to prove ourselves in the future". "It took quite long", Prat said about waiting for the review to be completed by Derby officials.
During the wait, Country House trainer Bill Mott acknowledged that his horse's race was not impeded (later saying it might have been slightly), but said that if this were a normal race on a Thursday, Maximum Security's win would be vacated and, as Mott noted, it shouldn't matter if it's a Thursday race or the Kentucky Derby, they should all be judged the same. Before that, it had been 37 years since there had been a Triple Crown victor, a horse named Affirmed, who was the last to win a Triple Crown in a year after another horse.
Churchill Downs, site of the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, will be jammed packed with folks eager to watch the Derby, but also the venue for a series of undercard races leading up to the main event.
Code of Honor was moved up to second and Tacitus was third. A pair of Bob Baffert entries, Improbable and Game Winner, came in fourth and fifth, respectively. John Velazquez, aboard runner-up Invisible Ink in 2001, alleged interference at the quarter pole against Monarchos and Jorge Chavez, who crossed the finish line 4 3/4 lengths in front.
The Derby itself is set to take place at 6:50 p.m. ET on Saturday night but NBC's coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. NBC Sports will air a Derby Prep show from 12:30-2:30 while the early races take place. A subsequent court challenge upheld the stewards' decision.