Controversy continues to swirl around the disqualification of Maximum Security from the winning spot of the 2019 Kentucky Derby. On Tuesday, Maximum Security owner Gary West announced he would bring a lawsuit contending War Of Will was the root cause of the interference in the latter part of the Kentucky Derby.
War Of Will trainer Mark Casse spoke to the Lexington Herald-Leader Tuesday evening, opining that if anything, Maximum Security interfered with his horse not once but twice. Casse walked through NBC footage of the race second by second through the final turn and points out an earlier, less impactful drift from Maximum Security before the larger event, which caused several horses to take back and ultimately caused a chain reaction that reached Country House.
“Mr. West is distraught and I understand that. But in no way did War of Will have anything to do with the actions of Maximum Security,” Casse told the Herald-Leader. “Not only did Maximum Security bother us in the big event, he herded everybody going into the half-mile pole and caused interference there as well.”
War of Will owner Gary Barber released a statement to media late Tuesday addressing the allegations from West:
Read more at the Lexington Herald-Leader
The following notes on the route taken by Maximum Security and screen shots of NBC footage of the Kentucky Derby from about the half-mile pole to the top of the stretch were supplied by trainer Mark Casse, trainer of War of Will
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