(Reuters) – Country House was declared the winner of the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday when Maximum Security turned the primary horse within the historical past of the race to be disqualified after crossing the road first.
May four, 2019; Louisville, KY, USA; Horse jockey Flavien Prat celebrates with the trophy within the winner’s circle after the 145th working of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Country House’s group raised an objection to Maximum Security’s win, saying the 9-2 favorite’s extensive flip heading into the stretch impeded different horses on the sloppy monitor in wet Louisville.
After a evaluation, officers discovered Maximum Security was responsible of a contact foul and awarded the win to the William Mott-trained Country House.
Code of Honor was bumped as much as second and Tacitus third.
“No words can describe this. It’s amazing,” Country House jockey Favien Prat mentioned after studying he had received his first Kentucky Derby.
“I really lost my momentum around the turn,” he mentioned of Maximum Security’s foul, which got here when the colt veered from the rail simply as a number of horses had been gaining floor on the chief.
The end result spelled heartbreak for Maximum Security coach Jason Servis and jockey Luis Saez, who thought that they had received their first Derby earlier than a 20-minute video evaluation modified the result.
Servis and Maximum Security proprietor Gary West advised Sports Illustrated they deliberate to purse any obtainable appeals to protest the disqualification.
The area was one of the extensive open in years after favorite Omaha Beach was scratched on Friday as a consequence of a respiratory drawback however few anticipated 65-1 Country House to take the prize and grow to be the second-biggest outsider to ever win the race.
Donerail, at 91-1 in 1913, was the most important longshot to win the Derby.
Coming into Saturday’s race, Country House had solely notched one win in six begins.
“It feels pretty darn good,” veteran coach Mott mentioned of his first profession Derby win.
“It was an odd way to do it and we hate to back into any of these things. It’s a bittersweet victory but I’ve got to say our horse ran very well and our jockey rode very well.”
Hall of Fame coach Bob Baffert, who had a trio of horses within the race, had appeared to safe a record-tying sixth Derby victory nevertheless it was to not be as Improbable got here in fourth, Game Winner fifth and Roadster 15th.
The 1-1/four mile race, known as the “fastest two minutes in sports,” featured the biggest assured purse of $three million and performed out earlier than greater than 150,000 followers that packed the grandstands and infield of Churchill Downs regardless of the moist climate.
Saturday’s race got here at a time when the game has come underneath scrutiny following the loss of life of 23 horses on the famed Santa Anita monitor in Southern California since Christmas.
The spate of fatalities has prompted an investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and led to protests by animal rights activists on the monitor, which is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup in November.
Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Peter Rutherford