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WATCH: The video that could convince you Maximum Security should NOT have been disqualified from the Kentucky Derby

Since the conclusion of the Kentucky Derby, many have debated the outcome.

The overwhelming majority believes Maximum Security took the last turn too wide, causing contact with War of Will that nearly created the greatest disaster in the history of horse racing. When you watch this footage from the race, it’s hard to disagree.

In spite of that video evidence, many believe Maximum Security was unjustly disqualified, and it’s not just the horse’s owners. While the Wests contemplate legal action, jockey Luis Saez has lawyered up to prevent disciplinary action from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Rick Depass Jr., an assistant trainer, put together the following video to outline why War of Will and jockey Tyler Gaffalione are actually responsible for the collision.

The video has been seen by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards. Connections to Maximum Security argue it provides “indisputable evidence” that Maximum Security was wrongly disqualified.

I believe the video eloquently paints a broader picture of the race and accurately portrays the gray area encompassing the decision, however, Maximum Security still got spooked on the turn and took it too wide. What do you think?

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

20 Comments for WATCH: The video that could convince you Maximum Security should NOT have been disqualified from the Kentucky Derby



  1. bige
    5:58 pm May 11, 2019 Permalink

    Perfect vid
    The call was a joke
    3yr olds in the slop in front of a 150k people

    Yes, if it was a sunny Tuesday with 5 horses it’s a foul and DQ.
    Stewards can be subjective.



  2. dbrownscotta
    6:48 pm May 11, 2019 Permalink

    This shows me nothing other than the right call was made. All of the lead up video (out of the gate, etc) is a joke. This is like a bad conspiracy film.

    • I disagree. I started not to watch because I don’t really care about horse racing, but I think Maximum Security’s folks have a legit beef here.



    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      1:42 am May 12, 2019 Permalink

      The right call. Maximum wasn’t out of his lane until he was hit several times.



    • Cletis75
      3:24 am May 12, 2019 Permalink

      He was hit because he kept cutting off war of will. He cut him off at the rail, and when wow went outside he crossed over the tire track. That’s how legs get broke and jockeys get jacked up. Watch it from a front or back view and you can see he is blocking wow. I think max security was the best horse and wins easily without the foul. His jockey has to know you can’t slide 5 lanes in turn 4 with things that tight and not expect a foul. Feel bad for the owners and horse, but that was just a shoddy job by the jockey.



  3. gobble gobble
    7:41 pm May 11, 2019 Permalink

    “Greatest disaster in the history of horse racing”??? I wouldn’t call it a “disaster”. You’re “journalism”, however…



    • Look Out Fireworks
      11:07 pm May 11, 2019 Permalink

      Haha. You’re great.

      If you read the entire sentence, he clearly said “nearly”, referring to had the obvious contact led to several horses tripping over each other, being injured, and having to be put down at the biggest event in horse racing with millions of people watching, that would have been a tragedy for the sport.



  4. Kerosenerag
    7:44 pm May 11, 2019 Permalink

    If Maximum Security was indeed struck from the behind 4 times that probably caused him to swerve out. Who knows…but that is compelling video!



  5. thenamerobdigity
    8:28 pm May 11, 2019 Permalink

    The video seems to leave out that if you follow the tire track, Maximum Security goes from the inside part of that track to well outside.



  6. Smyrna_Cat
    9:37 pm May 11, 2019 Permalink

    This has already been posted … on this site.



  7. brian
    10:54 pm May 11, 2019 Permalink

    I saw the blog title and knew this was a Nick Rousch garbage post. You are possibly (possibly) worse than Matt Jones at writing; at least you don’t use parenthesis nonstop. You are horrible. Go pour some more bacon grease down your drain, dumbass.



  8. Smyrna_Cat
    11:00 pm May 11, 2019 Permalink

    This seems like a bogus video. There is a lot of bumping in any race … you can make a tape like this on any race expecially if to talk about “possible” bumps. If MS was “bumped” five time on that side, why would the horse attemp to “get away” by moving into the bump? Wouldn’t the horse move away from it? Also, in the fifth “possible bump” MS is clearling moving out from the rail and continues to do so. There are a number of “possible bumps” … and one clear “vearing across five lanes” pushing the other horses far outside.



  9. zoupman
    11:30 pm May 11, 2019 Permalink

    I agree Max should not have been disqualified.



  10. Tom Bombadil
    6:27 am May 12, 2019 Permalink

    Alot of dipshits commenting is all i see here…an expert in their own mind. Commenting on how they think a horse should move or react after being bumped 5 times.Dipshits!!! Dumbasses!!



  11. kentuckyrld
    8:10 am May 12, 2019 Permalink

    Pretty obvious the disqualification was the right call. Those who disagree likely made the wrong bet.



    • unbridled
      6:39 am May 13, 2019 Permalink

      ….Or they have no understanding of horse racing.



  12. Racerr11
    9:07 am May 12, 2019 Permalink

    Pretty obvious this is the biggest screw up in sports history. In no way should maximum security have been disqualified. There was very little contact and you see much worse in horse racing that’s never reviewed. Maximum security was hit as much as any of those horses. Led start to finish pretty much and was the best horse out there and the win was taken away for the first time in 145 year history of the Kentucky Derby. Biggest travesty in sports ever



  13. makeitstop
    10:01 am May 12, 2019 Permalink

    I’ll actually defend Nick here. His thesis is not that it provides evidence the wrong call was made but that it paints a broader picture and demonstrates a gray area. I still believe the right call was made bc that’s what the stewards are there for, and they know what they’re looking at and what a foul looks like. They ARE experts and as such they get to testify about opinions, the rest of us wouldn’t. They did not want to overturn the first Derby in history (surely) and did it after reviewing all angles in slow motion, with the same effects available and with expert, unbiased eyes. I thought this video presented Max’s case as well as it could be – it’s a good argument – but it’s not as compelling to me as a 4 wide veer followed by a move back to the rail to close it off AND Saez’s history of doing this that got him suspended at Keeneland, Gulfstream, Belmont and Saratoga. I realize that may be inadmissible in a trial but that’s because it is prejudicial, it says the guy will do it to win. His explanation that the horse got spooked is not credible, and it was offered instantly. The crowd was across the turf track and hadn’t spooked him until the moment he needed to swing 4 wide to stop the movement on the turn. Bottom line, u can’t know for sure, u use the best evidence u have and apply ur years of expertise to render a decision and I believe the stewards did that to protect an industry that’s important to us in KY as they are paid to do.