Maximum Security led all the way in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, only to become the first victor disqualified for interference in the race's 145-year history.
Game Winner is the 9-2 favorite for Saturday's 145th running at Churchill Downs after opening Tuesday as the 5-1 second choice behind Omaha Beach, who was scratched because of a breathing problem.
Bricks and Mortar is the favorite to win the undercard for horses aged 4-years and older, which occurs right before the Derby's main attraction.
Code of Honor wound up second, followed by Tacitus.
Coming into Saturday's race, Country House had only notched one win in six starts. His initial win came by 3½ lengths at 1 1/16 mile on January 17 at Gulfstream Park.
"If this was a $10,000 race on a Thursday, it's a no-brainer", Mott said.
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In 2018, just under 10 horses died each week at racetracks in the United States, according to the Equine Injury Database - a fatality rate estimated to be from 2.5 to 5 times that of racing in the rest of the world, according to the New York Times. "It was an odd way to do it and we hate to back into any of these things". At the age of 58, Long Range Toddy's jockey Jon Court became the oldest person to ride in the Kentucky Derby.
Servis and Maximum Security owner Gary West told Sports Illustrated they planned to purse any available appeals to protest the disqualification.
Hall of Famer Smith, who initially passed on riding Bob Baffert's horse Roadster, accepted a ride on Cutting Humor who finished 11th.
A horse named Maximum Security was first named the victor of the 145th running. In 1968, Dancer's Image failed a drug test and was disqualified long after the race ended.
Prat claimed that Maximum Security ducked out in the final turn and forced several horses to steady, including Long Range Toddy.
"I was just hoping to get placed as the victor".