Maximum Security was the first victor to be disqualified for interference in the Derby's 145-year history on Saturday, handing victory to 65-1 long shot Country House. In a development unprecedented in the 145-year history of the race, the horse who crossed the wire first met with disqualification by the stewards' ruling about 20 minutes after his connections exulted.
The disqualification marked "the first time in 145 years" that "the horse who finished first in the Kentucky Derby was disqualified", the official Twitter account for the sporting event said. I feel bad for (jockey) Luis Saez and (trainer) Jason Servis and I feel bad for (Country House's trainer) Bill Mott. "And I kept fighting because I know he's a real fighter". That the objection was filed by his rider and not War of Will's jockey, Tyler Gaffalione, will fuel controversy for a long time.
Coming into this year's race, Omaha Beach was the predicted favorite to take the title, according to CBS Sports, with 4-1 odds.
"I'm kind of speechless right now", Prat said, letting out a long sigh. However, one horse still emerged as the victor out of a field of 19 horses in the Kentucky Derby 2019.
President Donald Trump has weighed in on a horse racing scandal at the Kentucky Derby, after Twitter complained that a decision granting victory to a second-placed horse had a lot in common with the 2016 election.More news: Tesla To Raise $2.3B Capital In Long-Awaited Move
"It feels pretty darn good".
Country House, the second longest shot at 65-1 to win the Derby, was ridden by Southern California regular Flavien Prat.
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chief steward Barbara Borden said the riders of Long Range Toddy and Country House lodged objections against Maximum Security for interference.
The victory was worth $1.8 million; Maximum Security, which was sent off as the 9-2 second choice, earned nothing since only the top five finishers are paid.
The incredible result ends the streak of favorites winning the Kentucky Derby at six. Saturday's win was his first stakes race. The last objection in the Derby was filed in 2001 by jockey John Velasquez, who claimed interference by victor Monarchos and jockey Jorge Chavez.