Kentucky Derby Winning Owners Appeal Decision

Kentucky Derby Winning Owner Appeal Decision

Maximum Security's owner will submit a formal appeal to the Churchill Downs stewards after the three-year-old was controversially disqualified from the Kentucky Derby on Saturday evening.

Winner of the Florida Derby in March, Maximum Security seemed to have caused major interference on the final bend before the home stretch and was subsequently placed in seventeenth.

Three from three before the opening leg of the American Triple Crown, he appeared to wonder off a true line and began to carry out some of the runners including War Of Will and Long Range Toddy, before jockey Luis Saez rousted her back towards the rail.

As a result, the 65/1 chance Country House was promoted to land the spoils for the combination of William Mott and Flavien Prat, with Code of Honor second for John Velazquez and Tacitus and Jose Ortiz back in third.

Watch the full race below:

(Credit: NBC)

Owner Gary West did mention his plans for an appeal in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's dramatic contest.

Speaking on NBC network's Today Show on Monday, West said: "The appeal has to be filed within 48 hours and we're going to file it with the state racing commission today."

The owner frustration's were vented towards the explanation towards the decision, and that he was not been able to meet with the stewards to discuss their reasonings.

(Credit: NBC) West said: "Right after the race I had the trainer [Jason Servis] call the stewards to see if they could visit us and they said absolutely not as they won't be showing the films until Thursday.

"The entire racing world is looking at this and we need to know what was really going on. I was shocked and surprised the stewards refused to take a single question from the media and they've been as non-transparent as anything I've seen.

"One thing that is for certain is that Maximum Security will not be looking to gain compensation in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 18.

"There's no Triple Crown on the line and no reason to run back in two weeks when you don't have to."

Kentucky chief state steward Barbara Borden has since confirmed that the stewards at Churchill Downs would be willing to meet with West when they sit down on Thursday with jockeys involved in the incident.

In America, reviews are not conducted on the same day due to fast pace in between races. The ruling system has sparked heavy criticism from around the world, and perhaps they will look to change the system for the forthcoming fixtures to avoid such issues from happening again.

It was also the first time in the race's 145-year history that a result has been over-turned.

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