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.
This is the video they should have been showing last night. Maximum Security clearly veers out 5 paths and totally impedes War of Will and Long Range Toddy. Watch it multiple times. Every time your conviction that the right call was made will increase. pic.twitter.com/0kYakwvjin
— Scott Carson (@CarsoniPH) May 5, 2019
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.