Jockey Luis Saez, who piloted Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby, has been suspended 15 racing days for his ride in the race. A ruling dated May 12 listed the reason for the suspension as “failure to control his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several rivals that resulted in the disqualification of his mount.”
The ruling cited two sections of Kentucky's rule book, one of which reads: “A jockey shall make his best effort to control and guide his mount in such a way as not to cause a foul. The stewards shall take cognizance of riding which results in a foul, irrespective of whether an objection is lodged. If in the opinion of the stewards a foul is committed as a result of a jockey not making his best effort to control and guide his mount to avoid a foul, whether intentionally or through carelessness or incompetence, the jockey may be penalized at the discretion of the stewards.”
The suspension begins May 23.
Maximum Security was disqualified from first to 17th place after lengthy deliberations over two rider objections to the running of the race. The horse's owner, Gary West, has suggested he will fight the decision in court after the Kentucky commission denied West's request for an appeal. Appeals are not permitted against stewards' determination on objections, per Kentucky rules.
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