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Country House Sent To Rood & Riddle, ‘Responding Well’ But Will Miss Belmont

The official Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been ruled out of the G1 Belmont Stakes, according to the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Bill Mott confirmed that the 3-year-old had been sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington after becoming slightly ill earlier this week. “We sent him to the clinic to get […]

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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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Maximum Security Arrives At Monmouth, ‘Pointing Toward’ Haskell

Disqualified Kentucky Derby first-place finisher Maximum Security shipped from Churchill Downs to Monmouth Park this week, arriving in New Jersey on Tuesday morning. The 3-year-old son of New Year’s Day will not start in next Saturday’s Preakness, according to owner/breeder Gary West, but Horse Racing Nation reports that the colt could be aiming for the […]

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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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Right Or Wrong? Derby DQ Leaves Unanswered Questions

Kentucky stewards made a controversial decision after the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby… Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In context of how the rules of racing are written in Kentucky, the stewards made the only possible call in their disqualification of Maximum Security from first to 17th. But was it the […]

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Denied: Commission Rejects West’s Appeal Over ‘Arbitrary And Capricious’ Derby DQ

Owner/breeder Gary West filed an appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday, citing the “arbitrary and capricious” decision by Kentucky stewards to disqualify his horse after the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, reports the Courier-Journal. The KHRC responded quickly to deny that appeal, based on its regulations stipulating that stewards’ findings on racing […]

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Mike Smith To Ride Improbable In 144th Preakness

Trainer Bob Baffert has confirmed that Kentucky Derby fifth-place finisher (promoted to fourth after the disqualification) Improbable will be pointed to the Preakness Stakes in two weeks’ time, according to The 3-year-old son of City Zip was ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., in the Derby, but will have the services of Hall of Fame veteran […]

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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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