Trump Slams Kentucky Derby Upset as 'Political Correctness'

Luis Saez jockey of Maximum Security reacts after learning of his disqualification

Country House's trainer Bill Mott, who got his first Kentucky Derby win, said: "I know the stewards had a very, very hard decision and I'm glad I wasn't in their shoes".

Maximum Security, the horse that made history by being disqualified from Saturday's Kentucky Derby for a rules infraction, will not run in the Preakness Stakes, the next leg of racing's Triple Crown, his owner said in an interview Monday.

Speaking on Monday, West told the Today Show on the NBC network: "We were stunned, shocked and in total disbelief".

The long-shot appeal to overturn the result of the Kentucky Derby was rejected on the same day it was received by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday.

"Another rider actually did the same as I did and they decided that it didn't interfere enough with me, but he [Maximum Security] actually caused a lot of damage with other horses, so I think that's why they changed the results", he said.

Maximum Security, the first to finish the muddy race by 1¾ lengths on Saturday, became the first Derby victor to be disqualified for interference.

Long shot Country House was declared the victor of the 2019 Kentucky Derby despite crossing the finish line second.

"Right after the race, I had the trainer call the stewards and very nicely ask them if they would be willing to visit with us after the races were over", West said.

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You've probably heard by now that this year's Kentucky Derby was a mess of horse drama. Gato Del Sol, the long-shot victor of the 1982 Kentucky Derby (considered one of the weakest fields in the race's history), bypassed the Preakness to focus on the Belmont after his trainer made the rather preposterous suggestion that the Preakness be moved back a week. He said he was troubled by the fact the stewards did not initiate their own inquiry of Maximum Security's trip in the Derby and instead waited for objections from two opposing jockeys, including Country House's rider, Flavien Prat.

Country House was declared victor after the horse first past the post was ruled to have impeded rivals on Saturday.

The co-owner of Maximum Security says his horse will not run in the Preakness following disqualification; analysis from crisis management consultant Eric Dezenhall. However, after a quick Googling, I discovered that they're just a pleasant older couple named Mary and Gary West who run a health care nonprofit that gives grants to people trying to extend the lives of seniors. "Churchill Downs makes more money on the races by having 20 horses in the race than by having 14 horses in the race", West said.

Taken down as the Kentucky Derby victor, Maximum Security is now out of the Preakness.

Lawson also said this controversial ruling was ultimately good for the sport.

"I was bit shocked and surprised that the (race) stewards wrote a statement that was probably prepared by their lawyers and refused, literally refused, to take a single question from the media", West said.

It is the first time a Derby victor has been disqualified because of a foul on the track.

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