Maximum Security will not race in the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown following his controversial disqualification at the Kentucky Derby.
The horse’s management was unsuccessful in a bid Monday to appeal the ruling of the Kentucky Derby stewards, who disqualified a Winner for the 1st time in the race’s 145 runnings.
Owner Gary West said that in addition to skipping the Preakness, he will appeal to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, contending Maximum Security should be restored as the Derby Winner.
The commission announced late Monday that the steward’s ruling to take down Maximum Security was not subject to appeal, so the decision stands.
“Right after the race, I had the trainer call the stewards and very nicely ask them if they would be willing to visit with us after the races were over,” West said earlier Monday. “I said we will stay here until 11-12 o’clock at night. Whatever you want. And they said, ‘Absolutely not, we won’t be showing the films until Thursday.’ We did not really have any alternative legally. The appeal has to be filed within 48 hours.”
The West appeal was not considered.
According to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, stewards are responsible for “all findings of fact as to all matters occurring during and incident to the running of a race,” and “findings of fact and determination shall be final and not subject to appeal.”
Maximum Security was the 1st horse to cross the finish line Saturday, but after a 22-min review, stewards disqualified the colt.
Country House, the initial runner-up, ruled the winner of the race by virtue of Maximum Security’s disqualification, and 17th-place finisher Long Range Toddy’s jockeys filed objections that they were cut off by Maximum Security in a 20-race field that annually makes for maximum congestion around the track.
Mr. West said Monday it was like “a rodeo,” and finds the actions of his horse and jockey no different than in past Derby’s.