If you follow horse racing or even the news…you probably heard that this year Kentucky Derby was one for the record books.
First To Cross The Finish Line
The first horse to cross the finish line was Maximum Security. There was no doubt about that. Very quickly after the race, it was apparent that he would not be declared the official winner without some examination of the race replays.
I Was Watching And Didn’t Understand
Since I was watching the race, I saw the whole thing! From the parade to the post, to the loading into the starting gate, to “and they’re off”. It was a suspenseful race. Some of the long shots really surprising everyone by staying up front for quite some time.
Maximum Security was clearly the first to cross the finish line and i was confused when he wasn’t declared the winner.
What I Learned
I learned by continuing to watch, also by doing some research, that trainers or jockeys are allowed to place objections if they feel that their horse was interfered with on the track.
These objections are then reviewed by racetrack stewards and the jockeys give their account of what happened as well.
Upon studying the race tapes, the stewards decided that Maximum Security did, in fact, interfere with some of the other horses. Not just interfere, but interfered severely enough to be disqualified from the race.
Bill Mott, the trainer of Country House, was the one who placed the complaint. Claiming his horse, as well as several other horses and jockeys, were cut off when Maximum Security made his move to the front.
I Was Impressed
I was super impressed with how Bill Mott handled himself. Waiting for the steward’s decision, he very calmly made a good point. “If this was a maiden claimer on a weekday the winner would come to down”. Basically, he was saying rules are rules. They shouldn’t be bent for a big named race like the Kentucky Derby.
His point was that it was a matter of safety out there and several horses had been clipped.
Winning By Disqualification
Country House went from second place to become the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, due to Maximum Security’s disqualification. Despite the fact that Country House won by the disqualification, it did not keep Country Houses connections from being thrilled Not only with the steward’s decision but with how well that their long-shot horse ran in the prestigious race.
History Of Winner Disqualification At The Kentucky Derby
This has only happened twice in The Kentucky Derby’s 144-year history. It was for a different reason though!
Dancers Image crossed the finish line first but was disqualified later for failing a post-drug test.
Preakness? Will Country House Run For The Black Eyed Susans?
Country House will run in the Preakness on May 18 in Baltimore. Whether or not Maximum Security is making the trip to Pimlico has yet to be announced.
Secretariat still holds the track record for the Preakness. Secretariat was a wonder horse of course and went on to win the Triple Crown in 1973.
Last year, the handsome chestnut, Justified, won the triple crown.
Time Will Tell!
It will be interesting in the next couple of weeks. Who will be running with Country House in the Preakness Stakes? Does he have what it takes to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown? We will find out on May 18!