The trainer's two horses in the Run for the Roses field - Country House and Tacitus - had finished second and fourth, respectively, not good enough to win at Churchill Downs but good enough to start planning for their next race, which likely would have been the Belmont Stakes on June 8.
It was "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all within a 22-minute period of time", West told the TODAY Show on Monday. "I think they ought to have 14 like every other race", West said. "Win, lose or draw, we're not going to know the outcome of until probably months, if not years, down the road", he said.
ESPN horse racing expert and host of "In The Gate" podcast Barry Abrams explained to ABC News that during the final turn, the undefeated favorite, Maximum Security, shifted to his right, out of his lane, and interfered with a nearby horse.
Country House finished second, but with the disqualification was ruled the victor.
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"The thing that is kind of mystifying to me is that the stewards were either looking at a high-definition television or looking at it with binoculars", West said.
20 horses ran in this year's Kentucky Derby compared to the 14 that run in most races on the track, including the Kentucky Oats. The situation at the Derby with 19 or 20 horses is the situation. "Horse people counted on the excitement of the Derby to obscure the fact that 23 horses died at Santa Anita this winter, and Churchill Downs, too, is one of the deadliest tracks in America".
With the call to disqualify Maximum Security in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, winning tickets went from modest to lucrative.
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Maximum Security's part-owner Gary West slammed the KHRC and stewards in an interview on the NBC network. It would mark his fourth race in eight weeks if he runs.
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Governor Matt Bevin is defending the stewards' controversial decision to disqualify Maximum Security in Kentucky Derby.
"Tyler came back and said, 'I nearly went down, '" Casse said, "and I said to him, 'It's not worth it".
The Jason Servis-trained colt crossed the line first in a soggy race Saturday, but was adjudged to have illegally impeded other horses during a feisty encounter. First-place finisher Dancer's Image tested positive for a prohibited medication, and Kentucky racing officials ordered the purse money to be redistributed.
Trainer Bill Mott has said there's no rush to decide on whether he'll run in Baltimore. Those horses were all affected, we thought, by the interference.
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