Even the US President Donald Trump has weighed in on the controversial stewards decision to strip Maximum Security of Sunday's Kentucky Derby. It made Country House the second-longest shot to win, behind only 91-1 Donerail in 1913, and it lavished hall-of-fame trainer Bill Mott with his first Kentucky Derby win in 10 entries stretched patiently across 35 years.
The United States President was understandably annoyed by what took place at Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
"It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a handsome thing to watch", the president said of the race.
Trump disagreed with the decision, lamenting the "political correctness" of stewards.
The horse's co-owner told the Associated Press that the disqualification was "egregious" and they are exploring possible options to appeal.
Maximum Security was first named the winner, but minutes later, an inquiry ruling named Country House as the official victor. In an exultant suite, Jason Servis, the 62-year-old trainer of the surging Maximum Security, shared hugs and congratulations with his brother John Servis, who trained the 2004 Kentucky Derby victor Smarty Jones, and with Gary and Mary West, the Maximum Security owners whose fortune came via telemarketing.
Maximum Security, the front-runner, had lurched outside two or three paths from his spot just off the rail, and Keefe saw the effect right away.
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"Therefore, we unanimously determined to disqualify Number 7 and place him behind the 18", she said, "the 18 being the lowest-placed horse that he bothered, which is our typical procedure". He appeared to win by 13/4 lengths in 2:03.93.
West denied Maximum Security had impeded the victor and said he was contemplating what to do next.
The Kentuky Derby decision was not a good one.
The 2019 Kentucky Derby bucked expectations when a four-time winning thoroughbred shamefully tarnished his near-perfect track record. Interestingly, Prat was the regular rider of Omaha Beach before he elected to take another ride well before the Derby. Meanwhile, at smaller races a jockey could make $50 or less if they're riding a horse that doesn't place, and most jockeys in the USA reportedly earn less than $12,000 a year.
The stewards reviewed race footage and interviewed the affected jockeys while keeping the crowd of 150,729 and millions more watching on television and online in suspense, clutching their betting tickets.
Neither West nor the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission could be reached for comment.