Kentucky Derby 2019

‘So Many Things To Be Done’: Year After Winning Derby By DQ, Jockey Prat Remains Driven

The distance between the Los Angeles International Airport and the San Gabriel Valley, where Santa Anita sits, is about 30 miles.  As anyone who has driven in Southern California knows, it’s no jaunt. The stopping and going, the glow of red tail lights, the inexplicable grind of too many people crammed onto a highway — […]

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Maximum Security Kentucky Derby DQ Chosen As NTRA Moment Of The Year

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Maximum Security’s historic disqualification in the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve has been voted the 2019 NTRA Moment of the Year based on the results of 1,072 votes cast via Twitter and an online poll. The winning moment occurred on May 4, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. ET following a near […]

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‘An Outrageous State Of Affairs’: Wests Plan To Appeal Judge’s Dismissal Of Maximum Security Kentucky Derby Lawsuit

Gary West, the owner of Maximum Security along with his wife Mary, said in a statement Monday that the Wests plan to appeal a judge’s ruling last week that dismissed their lawsuit against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the stewards who disqualified their horse from this year’s Kentucky Derby. “Kentucky’s regulations make clear that […]

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Field Of Nine, Led By Tacitus, War Of Will, Shaping Up For Belmont Stakes

Preakness winner War of Will and third-place Kentucky Derby finisher Tacitus will likely be the solid top two choices in a probable field of nine for the Belmont Stakes June 8. The field won’t officially be set until Tuesday, when the post position draw takes place, but word from potential contenders points to a nine-horse […]

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Report: Kentucky Derby Winner Country House Out Of Preakness Due To Cough

After all the drama in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, there will be no Triple Crown bid for the 65-1 winner put up by disqualification. The Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman reported Tuesday that Country House has been taken out of consideration for the Preakness Stakes because trainer Bill Mott believes the horse is getting sick. “He […]

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Bloodlines: Derby, Oaks Winners Create Proud Moments For Believing Breeders

Classic successes are an unqualified boon to stallion owners and managers, and this weekend’s winners of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby have shined the spotlight on their sires, Alternation (by Distorted Humor and sire of Serengeti Empress) and Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike; Country House). The latter is much more of a household name […]

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‘No One Ever Calls An Objection In The Derby’: Baffert Miffed At Kentucky Derby Outcome

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 […]

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Servis: ‘I Have To Move Forward’; Maximum Security Headed To Monmouth Park

Maximum Security, disqualified from first in Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby, is expected to arrive at Monmouth Park early Tuesday morning at the barn of Jason Servis, the trainer said. The Florida Derby winner was scheduled to leave Louisville, Ky., on Monday afternoon for the trip north after coming out of the race “looking good,” Servis said. […]

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Hong Kong Chief Steward: U.S. Should Change Rules On Disqualifications

After the controversial disqualification of Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby, U.S. horse racing jurisdictions should get in line with the rest of the world and use the “Category One” standard for resolving objections and inquiries, according to Kim Kelly, chief steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Hong Kong and most other racing countries […]

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