How The Finishing Horse Didn’t Win This Year’s Kentucky Derby

How The Finishing Horse Didn’t Win This Year’s Kentucky Derby

That left two byproducts of note.

"It's a bittersweet victory but I've got to say our horse ran very well and our jockey rode very well", said 65-year-old trainer Mott after his first Kentucky Derby triumph. Country House, front left, was declared the victor after a review.

"It feels pretty darn good".

The shock decision marks the first time in the race's 145-year history that the victor has been changed on the day. He appeared to win by 13/4 lengths in 2:03.93.

Ahead of the race's start, heavy rain caused the main dirt track to be downgraded from fast to sloppy.

Maximum Security closed as a favorite at 9-2, and more than $6.2 million was bet on the colt.

US President Donald Trump blamed "political correctness" for overturning the result of the Kentucky Derby.

"I'm kind of speechless right now", Prat said, letting out a long sigh. The objection was upheld following an extensive review. So, with $1.86 million going to the top finisher at the 2019 Kentucky Derby, the jockey riding the winning horse to victory would earn about $186,000.

Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jockey Luis Saez pulled the horse back into position and finished the race in the lead. Country House won the race despite coming second, they argued, much like Trump won the 2016 election despite losing the overall popular vote. I hate to sit there and apologize and, you know, saying something as foolish as, 'I'm sorry I won, ' because I don't want to give [the owners] the impression that I'm unhappy with winning.

Mott's camp was understandably ecstatic with the win.

Then he said, "With that being said, I'm damned glad they put our number up".

Three racing officials handed down a unanimous decision to disqualify Maximum Security for a technical foul called race riding.

"I think this is the most egregious disqualification in the history of horse racing, and not just because it's our horse", West told the Associated Press by phone Saturday night.

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