kentucky derby disqualification

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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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale: The Original ‘Distracted’ Kentucky Derby DQ’d Horse

The controversy over this year’s Kentucky Derby disqualification refuses to die, even after the running of the second leg of the Triple Crown. In this edition of the PR Special, available here and on the sales grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Maryland, Joe Nevills tells us the story behind the […]

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West ‘Not Looking At The Belmont’ With Maximum Security; Haskell The ‘Primary Goal’

Owner Gary West told bloodhorse.com that his Maximum Security is officially not under consideration for the 2019 Belmont Stakes. The disqualified first-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, trained by John Servis, schooled in the paddock for his fans at Monmouth Park on Saturday. “We are not looking at the Belmont because (trainer Jason Servis) says Maximum […]

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‘Willing To Put My Money Where My Mouth Is’: West Issues $20 Million Challenge To Four Derby Runners

In an unprecedented move in thoroughbred racing, Gary West is offering up $20 million of his own money to the owners of Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if any of those horses finish ahead of Maximum Security the next time any of them race against him through Dec, 31, 2019. […]

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NBC Sports Preakness Coverage To Include Live Interview With Maximum Security Owner

Following one of the most dramatic finishes in Kentucky Derby history, NBC Sports’ Triple Crown horse racing returns this weekend with live coverage of the 144th Preakness Stakes this Saturday, May 18, at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., begins Friday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the […]

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Maximum Security To Resume Training; Will School During Races Saturday At Monmouth

Maximum Security, disqualified from first place in the Kentucky Derby, will make a public appearance for racing fans on Saturday at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., when he schools in the paddock. The Jason Servis-trained colt will be brought to the paddock area with the horses for Saturday’s fifth race at approximately 2:20 p.m. before […]

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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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‘My Memory Is Pretty Short’: Casse Focused On Preakness Start For War Of Will

Rather than dwell on the controversial Kentucky Derby, trainer Mark Casse prefers to look forward to this Saturday’s 144th edition of the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. His trainee War of Will endured a rough trip in the Derby, but Casse told the Baltimore Sun that he will try to put that race out […]

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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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