Maximum Security is not the first horse to be disqualified in the Kentucky Derby. In 1968, Dancer’s Image finished first. However, due to the discovery of phenylbutazone (Bute) in a post-race urinalysis of Peter Fuller’s homebred, the Kentucky State Racing Commission ordered redistribution of the purse, with first-place money to Forward Pass. After extensive litigation, the commission’s order was upheld in April 1972 by Kentucky’s highest court in Kentucky State Racing Commission et. al. v. Peter Fuller, 481 S. W. 298. In 1984, fourth-place finisher Gate Dancer was disqualified for interference in the stretch with Fali Time. Gate Dancer was placed fifth and Fali Time promoted to fourth seen on equibase charts.
After the disqualification Bill Mott called the awarded victory “bittersweet” and said;
“First of all, I think our horse ran great. I was really pleased with the position he had. I was pleased with the way Flavien rode him and the way the horse responded for him.
“As far as the win goes, it’s bittersweet. I would be lying if I said it was any different. You always want to win with a clean trip and have everybody recognize the horse for the great athlete that he is. I think, due to the disqualification, probably some of that is diminished. But this is horse racing.
“There were two horses in the race that lost all chance to win a Kentucky Derby, and they were in a position at the time to hit the board. I know the stewards had a very, very difficult decision. I’m glad I wasn’t in their shoes. I’m glad I didn’t have to make the decision in front of over a hundred thousand people and the millions of people that are watching on TV around the world. But with that being said, I’m damn glad they put our number up.”
Gary West, the breeder and owner of Maximum Security said after the race;
“Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you win and lose in the same race.”
Barbara Borden, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, issued the following statement:
“The riders of the 18 (Long Range Toddy) and 20 (Country House) horses in the Kentucky Derby lodged objections against the seven horse, the winner, alleging interference turning for home leaving the quarter pole. We had a lengthy review of the race, interviewed affected riders, and determined that the seven horse drifted out and impacted the number 1 (War of Will), who in turn interfered with the 18 and 21 (Bodexpress). Those horses were all affected. Therefore, we unanimously determined to disqualify number 7 and place him behind 18. That is our typical procedure.”
Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, said an appeal would be considered.
“I think we can appeal to the stewards for sure. I think there will be a certain amount of time you can appeal,” Servis said. “I don’t know if it’s 48 hours or 72 hours, but there’s a certain amount of time you can appeal. I think we’re leaning that way. I think we are. I’ll get with Mr. West and see what we think.”
Owner Gary West stated he would like to review the video with the stewards, but was told that would not be possible until May 9. He said the rule may require that they file the appeal before that to meet a deadline. No decision on an appeal was made as of Saturday evening.
“We’ll just have to look at the films and see what we think after looking at the films, we need to look at what the stewards looked at. If we can’t look at films until Thursday, we’ll have to make a decision before that, probably. If the horse did something wrong, then I won’t feel bad at all.”
The full Equibase results of the Kentucky Derby below are as follows;
Country House $132.40 56.60 24.60
Favored Bricks And Mortar edged out Qurbaan by 1/2-length to win the 33rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Old Forester Turf Classic on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Bricks And Mortar rallied into a slow pace with a mega-move as they straightened for home.
The Old Forester Turf Classic equibase results:Bricks And Mortar $4.20 3.40 2.80Qurbaan 9.80 6.60Clyde’s Image 9.20Raging Bull$1 Exacta $23.30.50-cent Trifecta $208.80$1 Super $1,444.00
Digital Age stormed to victory in the Grade-2, $400,000 American Turf Stakes for 3-yr.-olds at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
The American Turf Stakes equibase results:Digital Age $19.20 8.60 5.40A Thread Of Blue 4.80 3.20Social Paranoia 3.60Seismic Wave$1 Exacta $37.30.50-cent Trifecta $79.00$1 Superfecta $636.90
Mr. Money and Gabriel Saez powered by horses in the stretch and ran to victory in the Grade 3, $400,000 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Dream Maker ran third and Captain Von Trapp ran fourth. Instagrand, the even-money favorite was nowhere to be found.
The Pat Day Mile equibase Results:Mr. Money $17.00 8.00 5.40Hog Creek Hustle 14.20 8.60Dream Maker 9.60Captain Von Trapp$1 Exacta $100.60,50-cent Trifecta $659.80$1 Superfecta $18,185.20
Mia Mischief took command as the field turned for home and drew off to an easy victory in the stretch to win the Grade-1, $500,000 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr,. the 4-yr.-old son of Into Mischief tracked leader Amy’s Challenge throughout the early going and was starting to edge up to the leader through at the 1/2 mile marker. Mia Mischief made his move on the turn and took off with authority. Marley’s Freedom closed well for second but was no match for the winner and came up about 2-lengths short. Amy’s Challenge held well for third.
Humana Distaff equibase results:Mia Mischief $25.00 7.00 4.20Marley’s Freedom 3.00 2.60Amy’s Challenge 3.40
Beau Recall and Irad Ortiz surged to the lead from the back of the pack in deep stretch to take the 34th running of the Grade-2, $400,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Beau Recall $23.00 11.60 6.80Got Stormy 11.80 7.20Daddy Is A Legend 4.00Environs$1 Exacta $145.20.50-cent Trifecta $433.30$1 Superfecta $5,391.90
Mitole and Ricardo Santana Jr. rolled to victory in deep stretch to take the 85th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Churchill Downs stakes on Saturday. Bobby’s Wicked One broke well and secured a good spot on the rail, as Promises Fulfilled, Mitole and Uncontested raced wide in the middle of the track and as the four hit the far turn they were heads apart. Bobby’s Wicked One rail saving trip paid off and he hung tough through the lane but Mitole powered by to a daylight score by about 4-lengths. Bobby’s Wicked One held second and Promises Fulfilled ran third.
Churchill Downs Stakesm equibase results:Mitole $6.40 4.60 3.60Bobby’s Wicked One 7.80 5.40Promises Fulfilled 4.80Do Share$1 exacta $27.00.50-cent Trifecta $64.00$1 Superfecta $699.30