While many horsemen have come out in support of the controversial stewards' ruling in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, five-time Derby winner Bob Baffert isn't one of them.
Baffert shared his thoughts about the filing of the objections and the subsequent disqualification of winner Maximum Security with Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden.
“No one ever calls an objection in the Derby,” Baffert said by text. “It's always a roughly run race. Twenty-horse field. I have been wiped out numerous times, but that is the Derby. I can see by the book why they did it. But sometimes you've got to take your ass-kickings with dignity.”
Baffert told his jockeys before the race that Maximum Security was the horse to beat and after the Derby, he called the colt the best 3-year-old in the country. Still, he wasn't happy with his riders' decision making.
“The field never got separated. It was like a kids' soccer game, they were all right there,” Baffert said Saturday night. “I knew the first quarter of a mile I knew I was toast. The problem is (Improbable) couldn't get out, the six (Vekoma) wouldn't let him out. He could not get out. I told my riders to stay clean, they don't listen to me.“
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