disqualification

‘Not Subject To Judicial Review’: Federal Judge Dismisses Wests’ Kentucky Derby Lawsuit

On Friday, federal judge Karen Caldwell dismissed the lawsuit filed by Gary and Mary West, owners of Maximum Security, regarding the colt’s historic disqualification from the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Kentucky stewards officially placed Maximum Security 17th, disqualifying him from first due to interference nearing the top of the stretch and making runner-up Country House the […]

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Derby DQ: West Calls New Video ‘Indisputable Evidence’ Stewards Made Wrong Call

Attorney Ann Oldfather, representing jockey Luis Saez, told USA Today that she provided a new video to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a Friday meeting regarding the Kentucky Derby. The video, she said, shows that Saez is not at fault for the incident which resulted in Maximum Security’s disqualification. “There is new and indisputable […]

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‘Oh Come On, Really’: Saez’ Deleted Tweet Takes Issue With Stewards’ Decision

A Tweet with an inflammatory comment from the Twitter account of Luis Saez, jockey aboard the disqualified Kentucky Derby first-place finisher Maximum Security, was briefly posted on Twitter after Saturday’s Run for the Roses. The Tweet pointed to the second race at Churchill Downs on May 1 as a similar incident to that which occurred […]

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Gary West Considers Federal Challenge To Kentucky Derby Disqualification

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 […]

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Columnists Sound Off On Kentucky Derby Disqualification

For the first time in its 145-year history, there was a racetrack disqualification of the first-place finisher of the Kentucky Derby. Maximum Security crossed the wire 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Country House, but an incident at the five-sixteenths pole sent Kentucky stewards into a 22-minute review which resulted in Maximum Security’s disqualification to seventeenth. […]

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Juarez Suspended 15 Days, Fined $2,500 For Wood Memorial Ride

Jockey Nik Juarez has been suspended for 15 days by New York stewards, according to drf.com. The rider was disqualified from seventh to last in Saturday’s G2 Wood Memorial, when he and his mount Joevia cut over to the rail from the far outside post position and impeded several riders. Juarez was also fined $2,500 for […]

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Mike Smith Earns Three-Day Suspension For San Felipe Incident With McKinzie

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was given a three-day suspension by the Santa Anita stewards because of the incident in Saturday’s G2 San Felipe Stakes, which resulted in his mount McKinzie’s disqualification. According to drf.com, the dates of Smith’s suspension will be carried out on Mar. 18, 22, and 23. McKinzie, trained by Bob Baffert, […]

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McKinzie ‘Showed He’s The Real Deal,’ Ruis ‘Super Happy’ With Bolt D’Oro

In a race that exceeded expectations in drama, excitement and controversy, Bolt d’Oro was awarded victory by way of disqualification of McKinzie in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes. The two leading Triple Crown candidates ran the gauntlet from the top of the stretch to the wire in the mile and one-sixteenth race that awarded 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying […]

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‘Improper Practice’: Disqualification At Aqueduct A Weighty Issue

Wildcat Belle has been disqualified from her first-place finish in the fifth race at Aqueduct on Feb. 8, according to a ruling published on the New York State Gaming Commission’s rulings database. The filly reportedly toted two pounds less than she should have been carrying according to the race’s conditions; she won by five lengths […]

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‘Wrong Horse’ Case At Remington Results In Disqualifications, Two $10,000 Fines

In the mistaken identity case of two Karl Broberg trainees at Remington Park, the Board of Stewards has officially disqualified each wrongly identified horse, both from the eighth race on Sept. 4 and the fifth race on Sept. 16. As a result of a hearing on Tuesday, the board also handed Broberg a $10,000 fine […]

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