Kentucky Derby Disqualification Appeal Denied
Horseplayers who had money on Saturday's Kentucky Derby saw about $9 million in winnings disappear when the apparent winner of the race was disqualified for interfering with another horse during the race.
That horse, Maximum Security, was no doubt the best horse on the track that day. However, a review of the race by track stewards took the betting favorite off the board and that will now likely lead to legal action.
Connections with Maximum Security notified the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission of their appeal concerning the stewards ruling early Monday. Several hours later the Commission returned their verdict. The appeal was denied.
You might think that would be the end of it and the racing community would just move on to the Preakness. Not so fast my friend. This is horse racing's biggest spectacle and the amount of money the connections of Maximum Security could make having a Kentucky Derby winner at stud could be in the millions of dollars. So, they're not going down without a fight.
There is strong speculation that Maximum Security's owners Gary and Mary West will now turn to the courts in their efforts to claim horse racing's first jewel of the Triple Crown. Although no legal action has been filed as of this time.
The West's also announced that Maximum Security would not be running in The Preakness Stakes in two weeks. So a rematch with Country House, the horse that was declared the winner of the Kentucky Derby will have to wait.