Denied: Commission Rejects West's Appeal Over 'Arbitrary And Capricious' Derby DQ

Luis Saez riding Maximum Security takes the lead heading into the first turn during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first but after was disqualified because of a foul on the track

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission didn't take long to deny the appeal of Maximum Security's disqualification as Kentucky Derby victor for interference, saying hours after it was filed Monday that the stewards' decision is not subject to appeal.

Although Maximum Security was the first horse to cross the finish line, he was disqualified and Country House was named the victor of the Kentucky Derby.

The stewards cited a section of the rule that calls for disqualification if "a leading horse or any other horse in a race swerves or is ridden to either side so as to interfere with, intimidate, or impede any other horse or jockey".

When asked how it felt to win the Kentucky Derby and then have it taken away, West said, "Winning it was the most euphoric thing I probably ever had in our lives and disappointment when they took the horse down for the first time in history".

Trainer William Mott earned his first Kentucky Derby victory with 65-1 long shot Country House after saddling his first horse for the race in 1984. I think they should have 14 like every other race.

But for now, limiting the Kentucky Derby field is the next step.

Plus, trainer Bob Baffert - who had three horses in the Kentucky Derby - said Monday that all three came out of the race well but only Improbable (one of the Derby favorites who finished fourth after getting penned in at the start of the race) is under Preakness consideration "right now".

"No, we're not going to run in the Preakness", West said on the "Today" show. An objection over an impediment down the stretch led to would-be victor Maximum Security being disqualified after a 20-plus minute review.

What's next for Country House after the Kentucky Derby?

The KHRC's decision can after West's legal team filed the appeal to the commission based in Lexington, Kentucky.

This actually is a fairly controversial time in horse racing, as the first few months of 2019 have been an especially fatal year for a sport that already sees hundreds of horses die from racing-related injuries every year.

Since the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission does not allow for appeals, there does not seem to be much hope for West and the disqualified horse. A subsequent court challenge upheld the stewards' decision.

He wrote: "The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one".

The Preakness Stakes will be run May 18 from the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Jason Servis-trained colt crossed the line first in a soggy race Saturday, but was adjudged to have illegally impeded other horses during a feisty encounter. "It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a attractive thing to watch".

Only 13 horses have won the Triple Crown, starting with Sir Barton in 1919, making it a highly sought-after prize. Even President Donald Trump felt the need to weigh in, blaming "political correctness" for what he saw as an unfair decision.

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