How the 1st place horse, Maximum Security, lost at the Kentucky Derby

Horse and jockey competing in a race

This is the first time the Kentucky Derby's history that a winning horse has been disqualified. In 1968, Dancer's Image won but failed a drug test and was disqualified.

Maximum Security was dropped to 17th of 19 horses, placed behind all the horses it was determined that he bothered. He said he filed an objection with the stewards.

Barbara Borden, Kentucky's chief steward, gave a statement to the media several hours after the race.

Mott said War of Will and Long Range Toddy "lost all chance" to win. But then two jockeys objected, and after stewards reviewed video of the race, they disqualified the apparent front-runner in a unanimous ruling, crowning Country House the victor. But the Kentucky Derby is not an average race.

Country House wore the garland of red roses, but it's possible the situation doesn't end here. It is the first win in the race for Mott and Prat, and the son of Preakness Stakes victor Lookin At Lucky will now attempt to emulate his sire by winning the second leg of the US Triple Crown.

Code of Honor was elevated to second and Tacitus to third in the 1 1/4-miles race, run for the third straight year over a wet track.

"This was my dream. I think it sends a great message for the integrity of the sport at a time when we've been under fire" after a grim winter at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., saw 23 horses die on the track between December 26 and March 30.

"He started getting a little bit scared", Saez said.

'I'm kind of speechless right now, ' Prat said, appearing in disbelief when the results were announced by the judges following the lengthy deliberations.

'I'm very confused. How does the horse know the rules?' they hilariously wrote.

Bettors were initially thrilled when Maximum Security looked like it would be the seventh straight favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.

Maximum Security, race officials said, had unfairly impeded other horses and as a result became the first to be disqualified in the event's 145-year history.

"I think it's not only me, but also the horses between Maximum Security and Country House who have been affected", he said.

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