Maximum Security's Kentucky Derby appeal denied

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He added that he sees no point in Maximum Security participating in May 18's Preakness Stakes because the horse can no longer win the Triple Crown.

The owner of Maximum Security is to appeal against the controversial decision to disqualify his horse as Kentucky Derby victor.

West told NBC's "Today" earlier on Monday that the dramatic turn on events at Churchill Downs left him "stunned, shocked and in total disbelief" and that his bay colt would not be in the field for the May 18 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of USA thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown.

"Another rider actually did the same as I did and they decided that it didn't interfere enough with me, but he [Maximum Security] actually caused a lot of damage with other horses, so I think that's why they changed the results", he said.

Maximum Security was disqualified for a maneuver that impeded several other riders and marked the first time in the Derby's 145-history that a victor was disqualified for a race infraction.

Second-placed horse Country House, at odds of 65-1, was elevated to champion, becoming the second biggest longshot ever to win the historic race.

20 horses ran in this year's Kentucky Derby compared to the 14 that run in most races on the track, including the Kentucky Oats.

West's argument seems to be that the Kentucky Derby field is too crowded, and his horse was just randomly targeted.

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West concluded by announcing that Maximum Security would not run in the Preakness.

Yet there's a simple, reasonable solution to the issue that has shrouded the 145th Kentucky Derby in controversy. Celebrating the pursuit of American excellence, NBC Sports is the exclusive home to all three races of the Triple Crown.

Gary West's only recourse now appears to be through the legal system.

West said he did see Maximum Security, who led the race from almost start to finish, move over several lanes but felt such contact was inevitable given the number of horses in the Derby. Here is everything you need to know about the race, including the win, place and show results. So we'll let him gather himself and point to one of the other races.

"Well it shows that the sport is well governed by the racing officials, that they made a very tough decision and in one of the largest and the biggest race in the United States", he said. An objection over an impediment down the stretch led to would-be victor Maximum Security being disqualified after a 20-plus minute review.

Racing commission general counsel John Forgy wrote in a letter that the Wests are not entitled to a hearing because their appeal is moot.

"It may compromise his chances a bit and it's not a normal situation to run so often", Mott said. "Those horses were all affected by the interference". Maximum Security moves over drastically, covering three lanes, and directly impedes at least two other horses and forces at least one other jockey to slow down to avoid what could have been a unsafe entanglement.