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SportMaximum Security owners file lawsuit to restore Kentucky Derby win

22:15  15 may  2019
22:15  15 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

What's an objection? Here's what happened with Country House and Maximum Security

What's an objection? Here's what happened with Country House and Maximum Security An objection and a steward's inquiry led to stunning end to the 2019 Kentucky Derby with Country House declared the winner over Maximum Security. So what is an objection? An objection is a "claim of foul lodged by rider, patrol judge or other official. If lodged by official, it is called an inquiry," according to a racing glossary compiled by Daily Racing Form. Has a Kentucky Derby winner been disqualified over an objection? No. Country House became the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby over an objection.

Maximum Security owners file lawsuit to restore Kentucky Derby win© By Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal Maximum Security, with Luis Saez aboard, enters the first turn of the 145th Kentucky Derby. May 4, 2019

The owners of Maximum Security have filed a federal lawsuit to restore their horse's win in this month's controversial Kentucky Derby, lamenting the process for the disqualification as "unconstitutional."

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Frankfort, Kentucky on behalf of Gary and Mary West, who have denied stewards' claims that Maximum Security interfered with other horses. The second-place finisher, Country House, was declared the winner.

Saints troll Kentucky Derby after controversial ending

Saints troll Kentucky Derby after controversial ending The 2019 Kentucky Derby might have had one of the most controversial endings in recent sports history. It looked like Maximum Security had grabbed the title by a few inches before authorities on the scene at Churchill Downs decided to go to review. Upon further review, Maximum Security was disqualified with Country House grabbing the win. After an inquiry ruling, 65-1 Country House is the winner of the Kentucky Derby. pic.twitter.com/BPYXyEdmWb— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 4, 2019 Understanding full well the controversial ending, the New Orleans Saints decided to troll the Kentucky Derby.

The Wests' appealed to the Kentucky Horse Race Commission last week, but it was swiftly denied, with the organization stating that its stewards' findings as to in-race matters "shall be final and not subject to appeal."

In Tuesday's lawsuit, the Wests labeled that appeals process as "bizarre," and stated that the evidence used to make their decision was unsubstantial.

The Wests have asked to have the stewards' decision reversed to "the original order of finish confirming that Maximum Security is the official winner of the Derby who remains undefeated."

They have also asked to have purse money be redistributed in accordance with the original order of finish; the winner's share for the race was $1.86 million, while the jockey and trainer were denied $186,000 each.

Maximum Security's Kentucky Derby Disqualification Cost Bettors $9 Million

Maximum Security's Kentucky Derby Disqualification Cost Bettors $9 Million Maximum Security's disqualification at Saturday's Kentucky Derby was both a shocking and costly affair. Bettors who put down money on Maximum Security winning, placing or showing at the Derby lost $9 million, according to ESPN. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first but was later disqualified after Country House's jockey, Flavien Prat, filed an objection. Stewards ruled that Maximum Security ran into other horses during the final turn and named Country House the Derby winner. Code of Honor finished in second place, with Tacitus coming in third.

Listed among the defendants are three stewards, including chief steward Barbara Borden, who announced the decision. The list also includes every member of the Horse Race Commission, including executive director Marc Guilfoi and retired jockey Pat Day.

Susan West, a spokeswoman for the Horse Racing Commission spokeswoman, declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing the organization's policy to not comment on pending litigation.

Claims made in a lawsuit represent one side.

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.

After the race, 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 decision was unanimous of three stewards overseeing the race, she said.

Maximum Security arrives at trainer's barn in Monmouth Park

Maximum Security arrives at trainer's barn in Monmouth Park Maximum Security has arrived at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. The first Kentucky Derby winner disqualified for interference in the race's 145-year history arrived at the track shortly before 6 a.m. The colt was taken to the barn of trainer Jason Servis. The horse was walked and then put in a stall to rest. Servis was not present. He is expected to be here Wednesday or Thursday, a track spokesman said. There were a few photographers, a videographer and a reporter outside the No. 2 barn at the Shore track, which had a big pink plant in front and hanging flower pots.

The Wests' appeal was denied within hours of its filing.

"The stewards unanimously disqualified Maximum Security following two objections lodged immediately after the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby and after a thorough review of the race replay. That determination is not subject to an appeal," read the denial, which was signed by Guilfoil.

In Tuesday's lawsuit, the Wests noted a series

Meanwhile, Maximum Security's jockey, Luis Saez, was suspended for 15 racing days after the Horse Racing Commission determined he interfered with other riders during the race.

The commission cited Saez's "failure to controI his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course, thereby causing interference with several rivals that resulted in the disqualification of his mount."

His lawyer, Ann Oldfather, said he will appeal immediately and expects to overturn "this unsupported and unsupportable suspension."

She said she also will ask that the suspension, which could potentially keep him out of the Belmont Stakes, be stayed pending the appeal.

Kentucky Derby winner Country House out of Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Country House out of Preakness Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not run in this month's Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Pimlico Race Course said on Tuesday, ruling out the prospect of a Triple Crown this year. Country House won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday after on-track winner Maximum Security was disqualified for interference and was expected to be in the Preakness Stakes field on May 18. The chestnut son of 2010 Preakness Stakes winner Lookin At Lucky is the first Kentucky Derby winner to miss the second leg of U.S. thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown since 1996 when Grindstone was found to have a knee injury and was retired.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Maximum Security owners file lawsuit to restore Kentucky Derby win

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