Donald Trump Bemoans ‘Political Correctness’ Of Kentucky Derby Decision

Arnold Nichols
Мая 6, 2019

Gary West, who co-owns Maximum Security, told the Associated Press he thought it was "the most egregious disqualification in the history of horse racing".

It was a stunning turn of events after the race as stewards went to the instant replay and spent 20 minutes making a decision.

"The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one", the President tweeted on Sunday morning.

"Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur", Mr. Trump said.

"It's a bittersweet victory but I've got to say our horse ran very well and our jockey rode very well", said 65-year-old trainer Mott after his first Kentucky Derby triumph.

Just after Maximum Security seemed to add a dizzying chapter to an implausible surge of a lightly raced colt claimed in December for a paltry $16,000, 65-1 shot Country House became the victor.

Runner-up Country House (65-1) was awarded the race to become the second biggest priced victor of the first leg of the American Triple Crown. Maximum Security was ultimately placed 17th of 19 horses after starting as the 9-2 second betting choice, ending his four-race winning streak.

Stewards took about 20 minutes reviewing the race from several angles before declaring second-placed finisher Country House the victor.

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"You have to remember... we're only seeing a little bit of (the race live)".

Prat claimed that Maximum Security ducked out in the final turn and forced several horses to steady, including Long Range Toddy.

"We haven't lost any faith in our horse". The stewards did not take questions from reporters. He recalled seeing Maximum Security's trainer Jason Servis, 62, replying when he offered congratulations, "Look man, sorry it happened this way".

"When you're leg tired, you're not going to run straight all the time", he said. "I grabbed him. He never put nobody in danger", Saez argued.

Prat said: "I'm kind of speechless right now".

This is the first time the Kentucky Derby's history that a winning horse has been disqualified. Only once before have stewards sustained a Derby complaint, when 1984 fourth-place finisher Gate Dancer was disqualified for interference in the stretch with Fali Time.

Friday's Kentucky Oaks for fillies began with a scary spill at the start by Positive Spirit that dumped rider Manny Franco.

TV viewers also were outraged by the result, blasting the race stewards who made the controversial call.

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