Preakness Stakes 2019: Maximum Security skipping Baltimore, heading to Monmouth Park

Preakness Stakes 2019: Maximum Security skipping Baltimore, heading to Monmouth Park

The disqualification ruling handed the win to Country House, which had been a 65-1 long shot.

USA TODAY is reporting that the horse's owners have officially filed an appeal.

Now, Maximum Security's owner, Gary West, plans to appeal the decision with Kentucky's state racing commission.

After a review that lasted 22 minutes, the stewards of the Derby said that Maximum Security had interfered with several other horses as they made their way down the stretch.

Before Saturday, the horse that crossed the wire first was never taken down because of an on-the-track objection in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby. However, the horse's win was taken away - and given to longshot Country House - after a replay review determined that Maximum Security had gone out of its racing lane, impeding the progress of another horse.

Gary West, whose horse became the first in the history of the famous race to be disqualified for an on-track infraction, said he was "stunned, shocked and in total disbelief" when second-place finisher Country House was declared the victor at Churchill Downs.

Taken down as the Kentucky Derby victor, Maximum Security is now out of the Preakness.

"No, we're not going to run in the Preakness, " West said in an interview on NBC's The Today Show. Churchill Downs because they are a greedy organization has [20], rather than 14 like you have in Kentucky Oaks, the Breeders Cup, every other race in America, just because they can make more money they're willing to risk horses' and humans' lives.

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The only other disqualification in the Derby occurred long after the race in 1968. The Canada-based Stronach Group that owns Pimlico and Santa Anita has also clashed with Baltimore officials over concerns that ownership may move the Preakness to Laurel Race Course.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader's John Clay, Bodexpress (13th in the Kentucky Derby) is expected to run in the Preakness, and War of Will (bumped up to seventh in the Kentucky Derby after the Maximum Security decision) could also be there.

There's not going to be a rematch at The Preakness Stakes.

Only 13 horses have won the Triple Crown, starting with Sir Barton in 1919, making it a highly sought-after prize.

Maybe he means, in a galaxy-brain kind of way, that "political correctness" has created a facade we can all hide behind and not think about how horse racing is an elitist pastime that condones cruelty to animals and is in general pretty fucked-up?

But it's indeed rare to see the Kentucky Derby victor skip the Preakness for reasons other than injury.

"The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one", Trump tweeted Sunday.

Mott had a personal stake in the stewards' decision, but he wasn't the only trainer who said the track officials got the call right. But you realize, if I claim foul, it ruins the biggest accomplishment in (Maximum Security trainer Jason Servis') life and the only thing that's going to do is move me up to sixth.