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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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Report: Coolmore Buys Racing, Breeding Interest In Maximum Security

Maximum Security, a leading candidate for an Eclipse Award for outstanding 3-year-old male of 2019, will be co-owned by Coolmore when he makes his next start. Daily Racing Form’s David Grening reports that Gary West, who bred and co-owns the son of the Street Cry stallion New Year’s Day with wife Mary, has sold a […]

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What Did You Read? Top Horse Racing Stories Of 2019

As we prepare to close the book on 2019, it’s time for our traditional look back on the most popular stories of the year by traffic. We’ve done this for four years now (see previous editions of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018). It’s no secret that 2019 was a tough year for horse racing, and […]

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‘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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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Urges Greater Transparency In Stewarding

The Thoroughbred Idea Foundation released a new white paper which outlines issues relative to stewarding, their reporting on incidents related to racing and the lack of transparency which accompanies such incidents, particularly in light of the oversights apparent in the process of demoting Maximum Security in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. “Make no mistake, the stewards […]

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Hong Kong Steward Urges U.S. To Adopt Widely Accepted Disqualification Rules

It’s often true that major change in horse racing is reactive more than proactive, that one watershed event prompts change that heretofore seemed less necessary. Some in American horse racing are left wondering whether this year’s Kentucky Derby will be that moment for stewarding in U.S. races. That was certainly the message from the International […]

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‘Need To Give Him A Rest’: Country House Won’t Race Again In 2019

Trainer Bill Mott told drf.com that the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not race again this season, because he has been unhappy with the colt’s progress since being moved up via the historic disqualification of Maximum Security on the first Saturday in May. Country House was originally ruled out of the Preakness and the […]

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Maximum Security: Servis ‘Might Be More Nervous’ For Pegasus Than He Was For Derby

Maximum Security had “another good day” on Friday, according to trainer Jason Servis, as the Grade 1-winning colt moves closer to a return to racing in Sunday’s TVG.com Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park – the horse’s first start since he crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby on May 4. The $150,000 Pegasus […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: ‘Challenging’ Times

The second leg of what has turned out to be one notable Triple Crown series is in the books. Meanwhile, the drama continues off the track for the horse racing industry with lawsuits, betting challenges, legislative hearings and media scrutiny. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss War of […]

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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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