LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — History was made in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Maximum Security became the first Derby winner ever to be disqualified for interference. The infraction allowed 65-1 shot Country House to be declared the winner following a lengthy delay while stewards repeatedly reviewed several angles of video footage. It’s the first Derby victory for 65-year-old trainer Bill Mott and Jockey Flavien Prat, who originated the claim of foul.
Prat claimed that Maximum Security ducked out in the final turn and forced several horses to steady. War of Will came perilously close to clipping heels with Maximum Security, which could have caused a chain-reaction accident.
The stewards reviewed race footage for nearly 20 minutes while keeping the crowd of 150,729 in suspense. Once they made their ruling, Maximum Security was dropped to 17th in the 19-horse field after entering the race as the second favorite at 9-2.
Country House paid $132.40 to win — the second-highest payout in Derby history.
Code of Honor was moved up to second and Tacitus was third.