Country House declared victor of Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security is disqualified

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Maximum Security became the first victor disqualified for interference in the Kentucky Derby, leading to an agonizing wait and an eventual stunning reversal that made 65-1 shot Country House the victor Saturday.

Maximum Security was disqualified after crossing the line first following an objection that it interfered with the path of several horses. The decision handed the victory to Country House, which started the race at 65-1, and a first-time win to hall of fame trainer Bill Mott.

"It's fantastic", Country House jockey Favien Prat said after learning he had won his first Kentucky Derby.

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Code of Honor wound up second, followed by Tacitus. "It took quite long", Prat said about waiting for the review to be completed by Derby officials. "If what happened to us was the only thing they were looking at I don't think you would have seen a disqualification".

Prat claimed that Maximum Security ducked out in the final turn and forced several horses to steady.

The only other time a Derby victor had been disqualified came in 1968, when Dancer's Image was taken down after a post-race drug screening announced several days after the race.

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It may have been the 145th Run for the Roses, but the on-site disqualification of a victor was not the only first.

Here's hoping anyone who bet on Country House didn't immediately throw their ticket away when he initially came in second.

Earlier, the horse Omaha Beach was projected as the favorite to win this year's race, but dropped out on Wednesday due to a medical complication. His other horse, Roadster, was 15th.

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In the century-plus long history of the race, no horse that finished first has ever had the run overturned. Celebrating the pursuit of American excellence, NBC Sports is the exclusive home to all three races of the Triple Crown.

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