2019 kentucky derby

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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Omaha Beach Could Head Home As Soon As This Weekend

Kentucky Derby morning line favorite Omaha Beach is recovering well from surgery for an entrapped epiglottis and could return home to his Santa Anita base as soon as Sunday, according to the Daily Racing Form’s Steve Andersen. After undergoing surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, the colt continued his recovery at WinStar Farm. Since […]

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Trainer: Bodexpress Could Have Hit Derby Board If Not For Maximum Security; Preakness Status ‘Day By Day’

Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Bodexpress, who finished 14th and was placed 13th in the Kentucky Derby, returned to the track at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning. Gustavo Delgado Jr., assistant and son of trainer Gustavo Delgado, looked on as the son of Bodemeister jogged two miles in the company of a pony. Top Racing LLC, GlobalThoroughbred and GDS Racing […]

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