I missed most of the Derby drama, but it’s clearly still a huge storyline heading into this weekend’s Preakness even though neither Maximum Security nor Country House are running. This morning, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced that Luis Saez, Maximum Security’s jockey, has been suspended 15 days for the interference that led to the horse’s disqualification from the race and Country House’s victory.
The KHRC cited Saez’s “failure to control his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course.” His suspension is May 23 through June 14 and covers racing dates. In a statement to the Herald-Leader, Saez’s attorney Ann Oldfather said they plan to appeal the ruling as soon as possible.
“The stewards’ ruling is completely unsupported and the suspension is unsupportable. We look forward to the opportunity to present proof that Luis is not at fault and should not have been suspended or disciplined for any reason … We believe the decision is wrong and look forward to presenting the appeal.”
What about that video that made the rounds this weekend suggesting Maximum Security shouldn’t have been DQ’d? Saez’s attorney submitted it to the stewards and said the jockeys in the room during the replay session believed he wasn’t at fault; obviously, the KHRC disagrees.