Lawson says in most countries, Maximum Security's victory would likely have been upheld because officials have more discretion to determine where each horse would have finished had the interference not occurred.
Stewards disqualified Maximum Security and declared that the 65-to-1 long shot Country House was the victor at the Kentucky Derby in the 145th running of the race.
Officials determined that Maximum Security did interfere with the path of several horses as they navigated the last turn in the two-minute race. At 65-1 odds, he's the second-biggest longshot ever to take home the Kentucky Derby.
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"There was definitely a foul in the race", Hall of Fame trainer Mott told the media pack. This means the second place finisher, Country House, became the Derby victor.
Country House has been declared the victor.
After the horse Maximum Security came in first place and was declared the victor, officials disqualified the horse as it strayed from its lane and almost collided with another horse. It caused him to lose momentum, he said.
"It may compromise his chances a bit and it's not a normal situation to run so often", Mott said. Maximum Security went off at 4-1, which would have lowered payouts significantly.
Saez admitted Maximum Security "came out a little", likely spooked by the roar of the infield crowd.
West also said he realizes the appeals process could extend well beyond the upcoming race at Pimlico in Baltimore.
Maximum Security was placed behind all of the horses that the stewards ruled he bothered, dropping him to finish 17 out of 19 horses.
However, jockeys can often make a pittance while putting their lives at risk racing on the backs of 1,000-pound thoroughbred horses.
The Kentucky Derby victor does not get all of the prize money; instead, it's distributed among the top five finishers.
The second race in the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, is scheduled for May 18.
Maximum Security, by contrast, came to Louisville undefeated in five previous races, including the Florida Derby. I'm thrilled with everybody that's worked with the horse, and I think they deserve the win.