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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission denies appeal requested by owners of Maximum Security



The appeal submitted by the owners of Maximum Security didn’t even last one full business day before it was denied by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

This morning, Maximum Security’s ownership team filed a complaint arguing that the stewards made an “arbitrary and capricious” decision at the conclusion of the Kentucky Derby when they disqualified the original winner for impeding on the space of other horses in the far turn of the race.

Just hours later, the Horse Racing Commission ruled that the race was “final” and that the decision is not subject to appeal.

After the decision made on Saturday, Kentucky chief steward Barbara Borden said that Maximum Security’s late-race antics interfered with the progress of War of Will, Long Range Toddy, and Bodexpress, and thus, a disqualification was necessary.

The jockeys of both Long Range Toddy and Country House each filed objections after the race, claiming that Maximum Security interfered with them in the home stretch.

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission executive director Marc Guilfoil said that he stands by the decision “100%” and feels that while it may be unpopular, it was absolutely correct.

“While the decision may have been unpopular, I can tell you that it was the absolute right call. It was the absolute correct call,” Guilfoil said, via The Pressbox. “And, I stand behind the Steward’s decision, 100 percent. Our Stewards have extensive experience, both on horseback and in the Steward’s stand. They made the absolute right decision.”

Maximum Security’s owner, Gary West, announced via the Today Show that his horse will be skipping the Preakness in two weeks.



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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8 Comments for Kentucky Horse Racing Commission denies appeal requested by owners of Maximum Security

  1. BigJohnC
    7:43 pm May 6, 2019 Permalink

    Wow. The video clearly shows it.

  2. unbridled
    8:53 pm May 6, 2019 Permalink

    Obvious result. The maximum security owner needs to stop crying like a child and find a jockey that can actually control his horse….or one that doesn’t intentionally break the rules and jeopardize the lives of many horses and fellow jockeys. Pretty simple.

  3. Smyrna_Cat
    11:25 pm May 6, 2019 Permalink

    That seens like an obvious foul … but many on this site will continue to whine and complain. Haters gonna hate.

  4. Brad Gregory
    11:35 pm May 6, 2019 Permalink

    I lost a $100 payout but I totally agreed with it from the start. Those that I’ve talked to that had a problem with it only watch one race a year

  5. truebluefootballfan
    6:43 am May 7, 2019 Permalink

    I understand it was a safety issue and don’t personally have a horse in the fight so out of curiosity could someone tell me what I’m missing that shows it was intentional. I never seen the jockey pull the reigns to lead the horse to the right to block but you can clearly see his outstretched arm trying to correct him back to left. If anything it appears the horse lacked interest in the competition provided and was busy looking all over the place while running which likely could have caused it to veer. The run a path that indirect and still finish several lengths ahead he was clearly the strongest horse by far. Just a shame the jockey couldn’t keep him on a line.

    • StillBP
      7:06 am May 7, 2019 Permalink

      It doesn’t have to be intentional. The jockey’s responsibility is to control the horse. Sure, sometimes that’s impossible, but tough luck, it is against the rules for the horse to veer out like that and cut off other horses. It’s like an employee who fails at a task but ultimately the boss is in charge and therefore fails to get the job done. It was dangerous, they are lucky War of Will’s jockey was able to control him better than Maximum’s or there could’ve been more serious consequences. And as for the indirect path and saying he was “clearly” the strongest, that just isn’t true…not clearly anyway. Maybe? Sure, maybe. War of Will was making his charge to pass and he got cut off, had to slow down quick and also change his position. You can’t say with 100% certainty that WoW wouldn’t have overtaken Maximum.

  6. satcheluk
    7:36 am May 7, 2019 Permalink

    This^. It’s just like track and field. If a sprinter from lane 1 inside veered out to lane 4 or 5, they’d be DQd.

      12:08 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

      Thank you! This is the best explanation and how I explained it to people. I had WOW and MS to win and after seeing the replay during after the race Maximum Security did veer out and blocked WOW lane path. He should’ve just stayed inside like he was, let WOW charge up, then he charge up. Would’ve been close, but I still think MS would’ve won. Barely though. And MS never interfered with CH. He was way outside and unbothered. Definitely wouldn’t have won. But this the only time I watch horse racing, not a professional so what do I know lol