‘Oh Come On, Really’: Saez’ Deleted Tweet Takes Issue With Stewards’ Decision

by | 05.05.2019 | 3:02pm
Maximum Security and jockey Luis Saez cross the finish line first in the 145th Kentucky Derby

A Tweet with an inflammatory comment from the Twitter account of Luis Saez, jockey aboard the disqualified Kentucky Derby first-place finisher Maximum Security, was briefly posted on Twitter after Saturday's Run for the Roses.

The Tweet pointed to the second race at Churchill Downs on May 1 as a similar incident to that which occurred in the Derby.

In that second-level claiming event for $30,000, the eventual winner was behind the leader around the far turn, then came off the rail and squeezed a horse who had to check back out of it. No objections or inquiries were raised on that day.

“I think this was intentional,” the Saez Tweet states, “and the Stewards don't do nothing. Oh come on, really…”

(Editor's note: adjusted for clarity)

The Tweet was deleted less than an hour after it was posted.

In the Kentucky Derby, Saez and Maximum Security stepped out into the path of War of Will around the five-sixteenths pole. The move, sweeping from the two-path out to at least the five-path, nearly send War of Will's jockey Tyler Gaffalione into the ground and also caused issues with Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress.

Originally, it was announced that only jockey Flavien Prat aboard the relatively unaffected Country House had posted an objection against Saez and Maximum Security. Two hours after the decision was made public, the stewards' statement revealed that jockey Jon Court (aboard Long Range Toddy) had also filed an official objection.

The stewards' final decision placed Maximum Security behind Long Range Toddy in the official order of finish.

“I thought I never put anybody in danger,” Saez said after the Derby. “My horse shied away from the noise of the crowd and may have ducked out a little.”

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