President Donald Trump weighed in on the chaos at the Kentucky Derby Sunday morning, blaming the ultimate result of the race on "political correctness". Stewards elevated runner-up Country House, a 65-1 long shot, to the winner's circle after determining that Maximum Security impeded his path and two others' exiting the final turn.
The stewards disagreed, culminating in the first Derby victor being disqualified because of interference. "It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a lovely thing to watch". Commenting for NBC, Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Jerry Bailey suggested that while an infraction had occurred, the stewards might overlook it because, as he said, "the best horse won the race".
Aboard long-shot Country House, Prat did not live the thrill of crossing the finish line first.
Instead, previously undefeated Maximum Security, victor of the Florida Derby, was dropped to 17th of 19 horses. Race officials reversed the decision after a review period that lasted longer than 20 minutes. War of Will came perilously close to clipping heels with Maximum Security, which could have caused a chain-reaction accident.
"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". "If he's not 100%, we would not even think about taking this horse to the Preakness and then we won't know that for a few days".More news: Tesla Launches 93-Mile Model 3 for Canadian EV Incentive
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A prominent voice in Canadian horse racing says the wild finish at Saturday's Kentucky Derby has "opened up the debate" about how the sport is governed in the United States and Canada. Dancer's Image had won the 1968 Kentucky Derby but was disqualified later after failing a post-race drug test.
Country House wins the 145th Kentucky Derby. Maximum Security, a 4-1 pre-race favorite, romped home by one-and-three-quarters lengths.
After a persistent cough led the team to examine the thoroughbred, they discovered Omaha Beach was suffering from an entrapped epiglottis, which can cause difficulties in breathing and would have made competing in the derby hard, Mandella explained. "It's a weird feeling, but it's a good one", said Prat.
As for appealing the decision, "the only recourse a person would have would be to get it into the federal court system", because of Kentucky regulations, West said, according to Daily Racing Form's website www.drf.com.