Maximum Security, the horse that crossed the finish line first during Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, is now set to have a unique place in history. An objection pulled by another team led to Maximum Security’s disqualification, making it the first time a horse won an American Triple Crown race only to end up DQ’ed for an on-track incident.
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During the Kentucky Derby – which is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville each year – Maximum Security left its lane, a move that may have impacted the final result, according to a report by CBS Sports.
While many expected Maximum Security to take the lead early, the horses were competing on a wet track due to recent heavy rains. Maximum Security maintained a lead throughout the race but, when Maximum Security took a wide swing, it may have caused War of Will and potentially some other horses to slow down.
Country House – who initially came in second but was dubbed the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner after Maximum Security’s disqualification – may not have been directly impacted by Maximum Security when it left its lane. However, Country House’s team did pull the objection.
The final ruling on the objection was Maximum Security’s DQ. The victory was taken away based on the review.
Country House is considered the second-largest underdog to ever win at 65-1. After the decision to DQ Maximum Security was made, Code of Honor was bumped up to second place while Tacitus became the third-place finisher in the updated results.
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The last time a Kentucky Derby winner was disqualified occurred in 1968. Dancer’s Image was originally deemed the victor. However, the horse failed a post-race drug test. The title was stripped and given to second-place finisher, Forward Pass.
The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the prestigious American Triple Crown. It has been held annually since 1875 and is considered one of the highest forms of competition in North America. It has even been dubbed the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”
On Saturday, May 18, the Preakness Stakes – the next leg of the American Triple Crown series – will be underway at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.