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SportsMaximum Security jockey Luis Saez suspended over controversial Kentucky Derby finish

22:05  13 may  2019
22:05  13 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has suspended Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez for 15 racing days after determining he interfered with Days after race stewards met with the jockeys involved in the inquiry that led to Maximum Security ’s disqualification, the commission announced

Saez was riding Maximum Security , who was first named the winner of the Derby before, minutes later, an inquiry ruling named Country House as the official champion. The reversal came after jockey Flavien Prat filed a rider’s objection claiming Maximum Security had impeded the path in the final turn.

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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has suspended Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez for 15 racing days after determining he interfered with other riders in the controversial 2019 Kentucky Derby.

Days after race stewards met with the jockeys involved in the inquiry that led to Maximum Security’s disqualification, the commission announced Monday that Saez is suspended for 15 racing days.

The KHRC cited "failure to controI his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several rivals that resuIted in the disqualification of his mount," in its ruling against Saez.

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Following Maximum Security 's Kentucky Derby disqualification for veering out through the far turn, Kentucky stewards on Sunday assessed his jockey , Luis Saez , a suspension lasting 15 racing days. The ruling, posted Monday to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission website, follows a

Luis Saez lost again. The Maximum Security jockey Owner Gary West had already stated that Maximum Security would not run in Saturday’s Preakness, following a failed appeal of the second-ever disqualification of the first horse to cross the finish line in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby .

His lawyer, Ann Oldfather, said in an email that she was present for a film review Friday and that "every single jockey in the room" said Saez was not at fault and that he "did everything he could to control the horse."

She said the jockeys included Jon Court, Julian Leparoux and Chris Landeros.

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Oldfather said last week that she believes Saez had a “flawless ride” under “great duress” in the Derby and that she will pursue “every appellate avenue” to vindicate him.

He will be suspended May 23-27, May 30-31, June 1-2, June 6-9 and June 13-14.

Unlike the disqualification of a horse, disciplinary sanctions against a jockey can be appealed to the commission and the courts, she said.

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Tempers still are flaring over Saturday’s controversial finish to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, and now the connections of War of Will West blamed War of Will jockey Tyler Gaffalione for initiating the contact with Maximum Security on the final turn. “I think when it’s all said and done and

Jockeys reportedly told Kentucky Derby stewards Maximum Security 's Luis Saez wasn't at fault. Saez phoned into the meeting. In attendance was his lawyer, Ann Oldfather, three race stewards and jockeys Tyler Gaffalione (of War of Will), Jon Court (Long Range Toddy), Chris Landeros

Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez suspended over controversial Kentucky Derby finish© Matt Kryger/IndyStar Jockey Luis Saez who rode Maximum Security looks on as his win was reversed following the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Attorneys for Saez said they intend to appeal his suspension.

According to KHRC's website, a "request for stay pending appeal" must be filed with 10 days of the stewards' ruling.

Karen Murphy, an attorney for Maximum Security owners Gary and Mary West, told the Courier Journal the decision is wrong and unfair to Saez.

"It doesn't sound like a lot to people when you say 15 days, but (racing) is all (jockeys) do," Murphy said. "(Saez) didn't do anything wrong."

The commission can fine or suspend jockeys for intentional wrongdoing or careless riding. Stewards also can require education for the jockeys.

Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 145th Kentucky Derby but was eventually disqualified and dropped to 17th when stewards ruled he drifted out of his running lane and impeded the progress of other horses in the race.

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Derby officials say Maximum Security broke interference rule LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Officials cited Maximum Security for interference and the colt became the first Kentucky Derby winner to be disqualified for violating a state regulation that penalizes horses for impeding the path of another in a race. Stewards, who supervise the outcome of horse races, referenced Section 12 of rule 810 KAR1:016. The rule calls for disqualification if ''a leading horse or any other horse in a race swerves or is ridden to either side so as to interfere with, intimidate, or impede any other horse or jockey.

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Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez has also been suspended 15 days for failing to control the horse because of Maximum Security ’s veer to the The Wests appealed the disqualification decision immediately after the Derby to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the appeal was denied.

After the race, chief steward Barbara Borden said Maximum Security was disqualified for interfering with the progress of War of Will, who in turn interfered with Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress.

The Wests, owners of Maximum Security, appealed the stewards’ decision earlier this week, but the KHRC swiftly denied it, citing its regulations, which state that stewards’ findings as to matters that occur during a race "shall be final and not subject to appeal."

The Wests have insisted Saez did nothing wrong during the Run for the Roses, instead blaming War of Will jockey Tyler Gaffalione for initiating contact on the final turn which caused Maximum Security to veer.

Gary West has indicated he plans to file a lawsuit, but he has not done so yet.

The announced suspension for Saez, a 26-year-old native of Panama, came after his attorneys provided a nearly 7-minute video Friday to KHRC stewards that they say exonerates him of blame in his horse's disqualification.

Since suffering heartbreak at Churchill Downs, Saez has kept busy by winning several races at Belmont Park in New York. He rode Global Campaign to a first-place finish in the Grade 3 Peter Pan Stakes on Saturday.

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West has said Maximum Security is not running in the upcoming Preakness Stakes. Country House will also not appear in the Preakness in Baltimore this Saturday.

The suspension throws uncertainty over whether Saez will be able to compete on a different horse in the Preakness.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez suspended over controversial Kentucky Derby finish

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