2019 Kentucky Derby Update: Luis Saez Drops Appeal, To Serve 15-Day Suspension Through June 3

by | 05.21.2020 | 4:38pm
Horses rounding the turn in the Kentucky Derby, in which Maximum Security (pink silks) was disqualified

Jockey Luis Saez has officially dropped his appeal and will now serve a 15-day suspension from the saddle stemming from his ride aboard Maximum Security in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, reports the Daily Racing Form.

Saez piloted Maximum Security first across the wire on the first Saturday in May last year, but an incident at the five-sixteenths pole had stewards taking a closer look at the finish. After a lengthy 22-minute deliberation, Kentucky stewards announced their history-making decision to disqualify Maximum Security due to interference, placing him 17th. The stewards suspended Saez after a hearing on May 12, but he appealed their decision.

The appeal now dropped, Saez' suspension will run through June 3. Former trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, now Saez's agent, told DRF that Saez “just wanted this Derby suspension behind him.”

Racing at Belmont Park is set to resume on June 3.

However, Saez may face additional days due to an incident at Belmont on June 28 last year. NYRA stewards suspended Saez seven days, and his appeal was later denied by the NYSGC. Saez was ordered to serve the suspension “while racing is being conducted at Belmont Park,” per the ruling.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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