LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Most Safety co-owner Gary West criticized race stewards’ disqualification of his horse’s Kentucky Derby victory as “egregious” and stated he was pondering his subsequent step, together with a doable enchantment.
“I feel that is essentially the most egregious disqualification within the historical past of horse racing, and never simply because it is our horse,” West advised The Related Press by telephone Saturday evening.
A number of hours earlier, Most Safety appeared to again up his undefeated file with a 1¾-length victory within the slop over Nation Home within the Kentucky Derby. The victory was overturned 22 minutes later with a surprising resolution by the stewards to disqualify the 9-2 second alternative due to interference.
Runner-up Nation Home, a 65-1 lengthy shot, was elevated to the winner’s circle to the astonishment of Most Safety’s staff, which insisted the horse didn’t reduce off his opponents.
West stated his staff is exploring choices to enchantment, beginning with the stewards. The proprietor stated stewards advised him he can see a replay of the incident on Thursday.
Kentucky Horse Racing Fee chief steward Barbara Borden stated the riders of Lengthy Vary Toddy and Nation Home lodged objections towards Most Safety resulting from interference.
“We had a prolonged evaluation of the race,” Borden stated. “We interviewed affected riders. We decided that (Most Safety) drifted out and impacted the progress of Conflict of Will, in flip interfering with the 18 and 21. These horses had been all affected by the interference.”
Most Safety was dropped to 17th of 19 horses, positioned behind all of the horses it was decided that he bothered.
Borden didn’t take questions and exited the information briefing to shouts from reporters a couple of lack of transparency. West stated there wasn’t a lot jockey Luis Saez may do to regulate Most Safety on a sloppy observe.
“While you’re leg weary, you are not going to run straight on a regular basis,” he stated. “Horses do not both.”
Stated Saez, “I by no means put anyone in peril.”
Coach Jason Servis agreed with the jockey within the fast aftermath and added, “He straightened him up straight away and I did not suppose it impacts the result of the race.”
The stewards disagreed, culminating within the first Derby winner being disqualified. The final objection within the Derby was filed in 2001 by jockey John Velasquez, who claimed interference by winner Monarchos and jockey Jorge Chavez. Stewards didn’t maintain the objection.
This time, they did.
The controversial end capped an eventful weekend at Churchill Downs in two of the game’s marquee races.
Friday’s Kentucky Oaks for fillies started with a scary spill at first by Constructive Spirit that dumped rider Manny Franco. Neither the horse nor rider was injured, and each walked off the observe. Serengeti Empress received the race in her first begin since pulling up early in March at Truthful Grounds with exterior bleeding.
The incidents come quickly after the business enacted a raft of medicine and security guidelines modifications following the deaths of 23 horses over three months at California’s Santa Anita.
For Most Safety, the disappointing reversal spoiled what gave the impression to be his assertion efficiency after 4-Zero begin.
The son of New Yr’s Day and Lil Indy by Anasheed was coming off a 3½-length victory within the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 30 that established him because the Derby’s solely unbeaten horse.
For a short second, Most Safety and his staff appeared to indulge in victory earlier than the lengthy wait and the disqualification, which could not be the ultimate step.
“If we won’t enchantment to the stewards,” West stated, “our different choices are the state racing fee. If these do not work, we would go to authorized choices. … However we have now not seen what they noticed.”
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