History was made on Saturday in the 2019 Kentucky Derby when Maximum Security won the race by 1??3/4 lengths but was disqualified and placed 17th for hindrance — marking the first time a first-place horse has been disqualified on course from the 145-year history of this race. Country House, a 65-1 longshot, was announced the winner.
Maximum Security and jockey Luis Saez broke well and glided smoothly over the off moving, dividing fractions of 22.31 for the 1/4 mile and hitting 1/2 at 46.62.
The duo was on the lead as the field made their way through the far turn, but they came out a bit and bumped with War Of Will, who was to the horse’s outdoors. He also slightly impeded second-place finisher Country House and jockey Flavien Prat, and the rider started an objection.
Following a 20-minute decision by the Churchill stewards, Maximum Security was disqualified and 65/1 shot Nation House had been awarded the win as the second-biggest longshot in Kentucky Derby history.
Code Of Honor was placed next, Tacitus third and Improbable fourth.
After the disqualification, Country House coach Bill Mott won his first Kentucky Derby, and he was ecatstic following the race.
“It seems pretty darn great,” he explained in the wake of this choice. “It was an odd means to do it. It was a bittersweet victory, and I’m thrilled for all the connections.”
The final time for the 1??1/4 mile event was 2:03.93 over a track listed as sloppy.
As for any Triple Crown implications, this race was cluttered. . .and I don’t only mean the weather. I could see Maximum Security winning the Preakness when he goes, probably with a more cautious or possibly a new jockey.
I cannot see Country House winning the Preakness, but he is a really good Belmont Stakes prospect. Therefore, in my estimation, a Triple Crown winner does not look promising this season.
2019 Kentucky Derby payouts
Country House $132.40 56.60 24.60
Code Of Honor 15.20 9.80
$1 Exacta: $1,504.80
.50-cent Trifecta: $5,737.65