For the first time in Kentucky Derby history, the first person to cross the finish line did not come out victorious.
Maximum Security held the lead the entire race, but after review, he was disqualified for impeding War of Will. After the decision, long shot Country House was declared the winner of Kentucky Derby 145.
Here was the moment the decision was announced:
For the first time in the history of the #KYDerby, the horse that crossed the line first has been disqualified.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 4, 2019
This was the incident that initiated the objection, and ultimately the disqualification:
OH MY GOD!!! ?
Maximum Security has been disqualified for impeding multiple other horses’ paths.
— Sports Plug (@_SportsPlug) May 4, 2019
When interviewed afterward by NBC, Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez said that his horse got scared on the muddy surface, and he tried as hard as he could to help the horse “stay straight.”
Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, said that his horse “straightened up right away” and that he didn’t think it affected the final result.
“Pray to the racing gods,” Servis said as he waited for the ruling.
Country House came in with final odds of 62-1, making it the second-biggest long shot to win the Derby behind Donerail (91-1) in 1913.
The final official results were Country House for the win ($132.40), Code of Honor with the place, and Tacitus for the show.
For those keeping track at home, a $2 exacta bet won $3,009.60, while a $1 trifecta bet won $11,475.30, and a $1 superfecta bet won $51,400.10.
History has been made.