Long shot Country House celebrated in the winner's circle after race stewards disqualified the undefeated Maximum Security, who finished first in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Race stewards determined that the first horse to cross the finish line, Maximum Security, had moved to the outside of the track, blocking the path of other horses.
Second place finisher Country House has been given the title of race victor. "I really feel bad for the connections, for the owners". "I'd be lying if I said any different". "(Maximum Security) put people lives in danger, he put jockeys' lives in danger". Justify, the favorite, took home that victory.
"As much as I want to win the Kentucky Derby, I feel like a lucky man today because I just got him out and jogged him and he's flawless", Casse said.
'I'm kind of speechless right now, ' Prat said, appearing in disbelief when the results were announced by the judges following the lengthy deliberations.
"The victor kind of pushed me sideways", Prat said.
Although described by the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson as "decadent and depraved", the Kentucky Derby has not, until now, been a target for politicization.
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"It wasn't an easy call", Mott said, "but if they let that go yesterday, I think it would have been much more talked about".
After the horse Maximum Security came in first place and was declared the victor, officials disqualified the horse as it strayed from its lane and almost collided with another horse.
Twinspires.com, Churchill Downs' online wagering service, tweeted that it will give back up to $10 to anyone who bet on Maximum Security to win in Saturday's Derby. Country House'svitory makes him the second most long-shot victor ever in the race.
After a stunning turn of events, Country House is the victor of the 145th Kentucky Derby!
The 145th Derby, only the second to end in disqualification and the first to do so from an in-race infraction, had begun what figures to become a long stay in conversation.
Maximum Securty, a 9-2 favorite, gained an early lead and held it the entire way. The last objection in the Derby was filed in 2001 by jockey John Velasquez, who claimed interference by victor Monarchos and jockey Jorge Chavez.