2019 kentucky derby

Plus Que Parfait Makes Switch To Turf For G1 Belmont Derby, To Face Master Fencer Again

Imperial Racing millionaire Plus Que Parfait already has bested a talented field of international contenders on dirt when he captured the Group 2 UAE Derby in March. The Brendan Walsh trainee will look for similar success as he transitions to turf as part of a full 14-horse field of 3-year-olds in the 70th running of […]

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Files Motion To Dismiss Derby DQ Lawsuit

In a motion to dismiss Gary and Mary West’s lawsuit disputing the disqualification of their homebred Maximum Security as the winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, saying the Wests’ action “threatens to turn the ‘most exciting two minutes in sports’ into tedious, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: An Opportunity Lost For Racing

More than 18 million households tuned in to NBC Sports to watch the Kentucky Derby on May 4. According to Sports Media Watch, the A.C. Nielsen ratings actually grew in the minutes after the race to 18.5 million households as stewards deliberated whether or not to disqualify Maximum Security from his apparent win. Controversy followed […]

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Barton Brothers, Former Jockey And Broadcaster, From Her Front-Row Seat To The Derby DQ

Donna Barton Brothers, former jockey and longtime part of the NBC broadcast team for major stakes races, offered her view of the much-debated Kentucky Derby disqualification in her personal blog this week. Brothers, who cannot see an active race from her place on horseback on the track, was responding to a number of questions she […]

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Report: Saez Appealing Suspension, Requesting Stay

Luis Saez, who was hit with a 15-day suspension for his ride in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, has filed an appeal and requested a stay of the sentence, according to the Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty. According to Hegarty, the appeal alleges the stewards did not conduct a thorough investigation of the incident in the […]

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UPDATED: Wests File Federal Lawsuit Over Derby Disqualification

Gary and Mary West have filed a federal lawsuit against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the stewards’ disqualification of Maximum Security – a horse they bred and own – from a victory in the May 4 Kentucky Derby The lawsuit was reported in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Named in the suit, according to the newspaper, […]

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Luis Saez Hit With 15-Day Suspension For Derby Interference

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 […]

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Dominguez’s 360 Gentle Touch Riding Crop: Why It’s Different And How It Fits Into The Whip Debate

In the hubbub of the Kentucky Derby disqualification drama, replays and still images have been analyzed and watched thousands of times as viewers try to get a handle on Maximum Security’s path of travel and the resulting domino effect. One thing people probably weren’t looking at closely, however, was the whips the jockeys were carrying. […]

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Kentucky Commission Denies Wests’ Appeal, Couple ‘Evaluating Legal Options’

Tom Luicci, media manager for Monmouth Park, released the following statement to media on behalf of Maximum Security owners Gary and Mary West Thursday afternoon:  “We remain convinced that our horse Maximum Security was the best horse in the 145th Kentucky Derby and that his decisive win on Saturday, May 4, is clearly and convincingly […]

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Casse: If Anything, Maximum Security Bothered War Of Will Not Once, But Twice

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 […]

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