Maximum Security out of Preakness

Maximum Security out of Preakness

Maximum Security has arrived at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

An appeal filed by the owner of Maximum Security, the horse that finished first in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday but was later disqualified for interference, was denied by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday. The decision did not go over well in Maryland: Chick Lang, the Pimlico general manager, put a goat in the stall usually reserved for the Kentucky Derby victor.

"He's really exhausted", said Matt Hartman, Servis' assistant.

Mott said he will keep Country House at Churchill Downs for the time being, waiting until the Tuesday or Wednesday of Preakness week to ship him up to Pimlico if the horse's owners so desire.

There were a few photographers, a videographer and a reporter outside the No. 2 barn at the Shore track, which had a big pink plant in front and hanging flower pots.

Gary West said by phone to The Associated Press that there is "really no need, not having an opportunity to run for the Triple Crown to run a horse back in two weeks".

In its denial letter, the commission said the stewards' decision is not subject to appeal, because there is no right to appeal a disqualification under Kentucky law, also making Stilz's request for a stay of the ruling pending the appeal into a moot point.

"We are not going to run The Preakness", West said.

"I categorically deny this false accusation", Barber said in a statement Tuesday night. Had he felt that Maximum Security shouldn't have been taken down, he would have said so, even if it was to the detriment of his horse.

"The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, all within a 22-minute period", West said.

Legal action over a Derby result does have precedent in the sport, with the 1968 Derby, when Dancer's Image owner Peter Fuller contested his apparent winner's disqualification after a urinalysis revealed a drug prohibited in Kentucky.

Their attempts at Kentucky Derby glory haven't been as successful, however.

West has said that Maximum Security will bypass the Preakness, thus depriving his horse of a shot at redemption and denying horse racing fans a juicy rematch with Country House.

Dennis Drazin, the chief executive and chairman of Darby Development LLC, which operates the track, said Servis told him he wants Maximum Security to run in the Haskell, the track's biggest race. This year's Belmont Stakes is set for June 8.

"I know the stewards had a very, very hard decision and I'm glad I wasn't in their shoes", Mott said after the race.

"Just because they can make more money, they're willing to risk horses' lives and peoples' lives to do that". Thankfully, nothing went wrong. The decision paid off, as Spend a Buck won the Jersey Derby nine days after the Preakness and took home $2.6 million in total prize money, at the time the largest single purse in US horse racing history (a Preakness win was only worth about $300,000 at the time). "If that jock (Flavien Prat) wasn't smart and saw there was something going on at the head of the stretch and figured he could get pushed up, if he doesn't claim foul, the official sign is going up". "Their determination to disqualify Maximum Security is not supported by substantial evidence".

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