While most assumed the victor wouldn't change, the stewards threw a massive curveball at the world by disqualifying Maximum Security, handing the win to Country House, which went off as a 65-1 long shot.
For the first time in the race's 145-year history, the result was decided in the stewards' room, with Maximum Security deemed to have caused interference to the field on the turn for home. Code of Honor finished in second place, with Tacitus coming in third.
"I know the stewards had a very, very hard decision", Mott said.
"It probably feels different this way but I've never won the Derby before".
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Maximum Security was eventually disqualified by the stewards after it was decided he veered out of line and impeded War of Will and Long Range Toddy. "He straightened him up right away and I didn't think it affects the outcome of the race".
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If the objection exclusively came from the connections of Country House, it would appear that interference from Maximum Security to that horse was minimal at best and would not have turned over the result.
Maximum Security closed as a favorite at 9-2, and more than $6.2 million was bet on the colt.
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Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, center, to victory during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.
Servis said he did not have a good view of the alleged foul.
The incredible result ends the streak of favorites winning the Kentucky Derby at six.
Just after Maximum Security seemed to add a dizzying chapter to an implausible surge of a lightly raced colt claimed in December for a paltry $16,000, 65-1 shot Country House became the victor. The $132.40 to win was the second-highest payout in Derby history. Said McGaughey, "We're gon' be in the news the next couple of weeks". The last objection in the Derby was filed in 2001 by jockey John Velasquez, who claimed interference by victor Monarchos and jockey Jorge Chavez.
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