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But after crossing the finish line first, officials stayed mum for 22 minutes until overturning the decision and handing the win to second-place Country House.

Maximum Security, the favorite entering the race, outpaced the competition on the muddy track at Churchill Downs and appeared to have won the 145th Kentucky Derby with a time of 2:03.93.

Country House, the horse that came in second place, was declared the official victor of the race.

"I know the stewards had a very, very hard decision", Mott said. I hate to sit there and apologize and, you know, saying something as foolish as, 'I'm sorry I won, ' because I don't want to give [the owners] the impression that I'm unhappy with winning.

Lawson says in most countries, Maximum Security's victory would likely have been upheld because officials have more discretion to determine where each horse would have finished had the interference not occurred.

There could be appeals to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission or the courts. Long regarded as an elite horseman of uncommon patience and as the trainer of 1990s two-time horse of the year Cigar, the South Dakota native then said of the stewards, "I'm glad I wasn't in their shoes".

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"[We] went from a good-sized win to a good-sized loss", SuperBook sportsbook director John Murray told ESPN in a text message.

Maximum Securty, a 9-2 favorite, gained an early lead and held it the entire way.

What they decided was a Kentucky Derby first: The horse that crossed the line first, didn't win. The referees said Maximum Security interfered with several other horses midway through the final turn.

Country House was elevated to first, becoming the second-longest priced victor of the famous race.

Maximum Security's disqualification from the 145th Kentucky Derby was incredibly costly, even beyond the $3 million purse.

Servis said he did not have a good view of the alleged foul. Said McGaughey, "We're gon' be in the news the next couple of weeks". Saturday's win was his first stakes race. Not only are injuries common for jockeys, they also must do whatever is necessary to keep their own weight down, typically at around 100 pounds, so that their horses can be as fast as possible.

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