kentucky derby disqualification

The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Five Questions On The Kentucky Derby DQ Controversy

It’s been a wild week in the horse racing industry, to put it mildly, and The Friday Show responds with a lively discussion befitting the moment. Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick answer a series of “inquiries” about what happened with the Kentucky Derby disqualification of winner Maximum Security Saturday, whether it was the right call […]

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Mike Smith: Preakness Mount Improbable ‘Has Better Races In Him’

With an “Aw shucks” demeanor that belies an intensely competitive nature, superstar jockey Mike Smith is anxiously awaiting his opportunity to ride Bob Baffert’s talented Improbable in the 144th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 18. Following an extensive taped interview with NBC Sports that also included Baffert in Santa Anita’s Chandelier […]

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Preakness Notes: Decision Day Friday For Bodexpress; War Of Will ‘Full Of Himself’

Bodexpress, who was in the first tier of horses on the far turn of the May 4 Kentucky Derby before being snatched up in traffic and fading to 14th, galloped 1 1/2 miles at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday morning as he prepares for the Grade 1 Preakness on May18 at Pimlico in […]

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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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Kentucky Steward: Prat Foul Claim Came After Horses Pulled Up On Backside

Some things about last Saturday’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby may never be crystal clear, including what caused Maximum Security to veer out on the final turn, causing interference to several horses and leading to the unprecedented disqualification of Gary and Mary West’s homebred colt from first to 17th place. One area of confusion […]

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Gaffalione Responds To West’s Allegations: ‘Never Did I Bump Or Push Anyone’

On Monday, Maximum Security’s owner/breeder Gary West pointed to a frame-by-frame video of the Kentucky Derby as “evidence” to challenge the stewards’ disqualification of his colt, suggesting that the entire incident was precipitated by the actions of War of Will and jockey Tyler Gaffalione. Gaffalione took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to West’s allegation, […]

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West Plans Lawsuit: War Of Will ‘Actually Caused The Infraction, Not Our Horse’

A frame-by-frame video of the Kentucky Derby is expected to be used as “evidence” for owner/breeder Gary West to challenge the stewards’ disqualification of his colt, Maximum Security, in a court of law. According to, West plans to “file a lawsuit in the appropriate jurisdiction” after the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission denied his appeal on […]

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Jon Court: Jockeys ‘Need To Have A Little More Integrity About The Equine Value We Ride’

At 58 years old, Jon Court became the oldest jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday. Aboard Long Range Toddy for trainer Steve Asmussen, Court’s trip was compromised when Maximum Security bore out in the far turn, bumping with War of Will and, in turn, Long Range Toddy. Maximum Security was disqualified and […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Backs Switch To ‘Category 1’ Horse Racing Interference Rules

The stewards correctly applied the rules, as written in Kentucky, when demoting Maximum Security in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. But would a different set of stewards, perhaps in a different state and with different wording within those rules, have made the same decision? Is it not slightly maddening to think that the rules of racing across […]

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