Gary West Considers Federal Challenge To Kentucky Derby Disqualification

by | 05.05.2019 | 2:16pm
The lonely walk home for disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security

Gary West, the owner and breeder of Maximum Security, told the Daily Racing Form on Sunday that he was considering appealing the Kentucky stewards' decision to disqualify his colt from first in the Kentucky Derby. However, the state's administrative regulations explain that stewards' decisions “shall be final and shall not be subject to appeal.”

Since regulations seem to prevent an appeal to the racing commission, West indicated that he would consider challenge the ruling in federal court.

“I don't know we're going to do [that],” said West. “I want to see the video, I want to understand the facts, I want time to think about it. Had they been cooperative yesterday, it might not have been an issue today, but they weren't.”

West went on to explain that he requested a meeting with the stewards to watch the video and an explanation for the disqualification after the Derby on Saturday, but was denied. He was told stewards could not review the video with him until Thursday.

Meanwhile, West does not plan to send Maximum Security on to the Preakness.


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