Country House was declared the victor of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday following "an inquiry ruling" and the disqualification of Maximum Security, officials said. The referees said Maximum Security interfered with several other horses midway through the final turn.
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.
Servis said he did not have a good view of the alleged foul.
It was the first disqualification in the history of the race. He appeared to win by 13/4 lengths in 2:03.93. The track conditions were listed as sloppy.
Maximum Security closed as a favorite at 9-2, and more than $6.2 million was bet on the colt.
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"I'm kind of speechless right now", Prat said, letting out a long sigh.
Luis Saez rides Maximum Security to the finish line during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.
"I don't think anybody wants to win that way", Mott told The Washington Post.
Flavien Prat earned his first Kentucky Derby victory on Country House, which gave trainer William Mott his first win in the Run for the Roses. Unfortunately, just days before the race, the star horse was pulled from the event, his trainer Richard Mandella confirmed, according to ESPN. I'm thrilled with the horse. Code of Honor won 2nd place. Country House has been declared the victor.
"I never doubted it". Long regarded as an elite horseman of uncommon patience and as the trainer of 1990s two-time horse of the year Cigar, the South Dakota native then said of the stewards, "I'm glad I wasn't in their shoes".
Yet it wasn't a maiden claimer, it was the most important race in the United States so the decision by stewards was always going to be heavily scrutinized and will be for years to come.