Maximum Security became the first victor disqualified for interference in the Kentucky Derby, leading to an agonizing wait and an eventual stunning reversal that made 65-1 shot Country House the victor Saturday.
Country House, jockeyed by Flavien Prat and trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, was named the victor of the 2019 Kentucky Derby after it was ruled that post time favorite Maximum Security made a move that significantly changed the outcome of the race.
With 65-1 post time odds, Country House paid $132.40 to win, according to the Associated Press. The objection was filed and stewards took about 20 minutes reviewing the race from several angles before declaring Country House the victor.
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. Replay shows Maximum Security did step out from his line near the rail, veering in front of War of Will (who ultimately crossed the line in eighth). Maximum Security was disqualified and Country House won the race.
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It's the first time a horse has been disqualified for interference in the history of the race.
Following Omaha Beach in the rankings was Roadster (5-1), Game Winner (5-1) and Improbable (6-1), all three-time race winners. At the age of 58, Long Range Toddy's jockey Jon Court became the oldest person to ride in the Kentucky Derby.
The only other disqualification in the Derby occurred long after the race in 1968.
Maximum Security, sent off as the tepid top choice at 9-2, bolted to the early lead and held it all the way to the wire, seemingly winning the 145th run for the roses, finishing a few lengths ahead of longshot Country House.