A surprise ending to the 145th annual Kentucky Derby

A surprise ending to the 145th annual Kentucky Derby

Maximum Security finished first by 1 3/4 lengths.

The race was run in gloomy weather and the track was a mudheap as it rained in Kentucky for most of the day.

The Kentucky Derby is one of three key races called the Triple Crown, which include the Preakness Stakes, on May 18, and the the Belmont Stakes on June 8. "I would say there are going to be a lot of excuses coming out of yesterday and it will be bigger than usual". That the objection was filed by his rider and not War of Will's jockey, Tyler Gaffalione, will fuel controversy for a long time. Maximum Security's jockey, Luis Saez, believed he had done nothing wrong.

Officials determined that Maximum Security did interfere with the path of several horses as they navigated the last turn in the two-minute race. "I've been on the other end of it, just not in the Kentucky Derby". With horses running and dirt flying, it can be hard to tell, even with clear video, what happened during a particularly fraught stretch of racing, and the home stretch of the Kentucky Derby is the most fraught of all.

"I think it's not only me, but also the horses between Maximum Security and Country House who have been affected", he said. I'm thrilled with the horse.

Ed DeRose, the director of communication for, the online betting site for the Kentucky Derby, approximated the potential winnings based off of win, place, and show bets. Dancer's Image had won the 1968 Kentucky Derby but was disqualified later after failing a post-race drug test.

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"It's bittersweet. You always want to win with a clean trip and have everybody recognize the horse as the very good horse and great athlete that he is", Mott said. It caused him to lose momentum, he said.

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

One of Maximum Security's co-owners has criticized the disqualification as "egregious" and said he was pondering an appeal.

Second place finisher Country House has been given the title of race victor.

Improbable was fourth and Game Winner was fifth, two of trainer Bob Baffert's trio of entries. His other horse, Roadster, was 15th.

'I really lost my momentum around the turn, ' he said of Maximum Security's foul, which came as several horses were gaining ground on the leader.