Winning Kentucky Derby jockey says lane-interference violation was right call

Flavien Prat jockey of #20 Country House celebrates after winning the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4. Country House was declared the winner after pre-race favorite Maximum Security was disqualified

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The new victor: "I feel bad that I have to apologize for winning", says Bill Mott, trainer of winning horse Country House, per CBS News.

Baffert shared his thoughts about the filing of the objections and the subsequent disqualification of victor Maximum Security with Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden.

Maximum Security, the first to finish the muddy race by 1 ¾ lengths on Saturday, became the first Derby victor to be disqualified for interference.

No horse had ever been disqualified immediately after winning the United States' biggest race - though Dancer's Image was stripped of the title in 1968 after a post-race test showed traces of a banned substance.

The owner of Maximum Security said Monday his horse that was all the talk of the Kentucky Derby will not run in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 18, at Pimlico Race Course.

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Stewards cited 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".

President Donald Trump Sunday slammed the upset result of the Kentucky Derby, blaming the shock decision to disqualify wire-to-wire leader Maximum Security on "political correctness".

The equation might be different this year, considering that some may regard Country House, a 65-1 long shot Saturday, as an unworthy champion who didn't even cross the finish line first.

He said he would file an appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday after being "stunned, shocked and in total and complete disbelief" when Maximum Security was stripped of victory.

Maximum Security will not be participating in the Preakness Stakes in two weeks, West added, solidifying that, even if the decision is reversed, he won't be able to earn the Triple Crown.

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The bay colt's owner also criticized Churchill Downs for allowing 20 horses in the race. "I think they ought to have 14 like every other race.", said West.

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, was held on a sloppy Churchill Downs track.

It'd be like that pass interference call in the Rams-Saints game happening because, somewhat inexplicably, they made a decision to let a bunch of extra players on the field for that down - and then the officials said, "Well of course somebody was going to interfere, there's so many players". Now that two horses accomplished it in four years - after a layoff that started in 1979 - maybe we should acknowledged that asking such young horses to run long distances three times over a short period (early May to mid-June) doesn't make much sense.

It is the first time a Derby victor has been disqualified because of a foul on the track. With Tacitus, I don't think it's any pressure to go to the Preakness. But you realize, if I claim foul, it ruins the biggest accomplishment in (Maximum Security trainer Jason Servis') life and the only thing that's going to do is move me up to sixth.

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