Louisville, KY, United States (4E) – The owner of Maximum Security, the horse disqualified in the Kentucky Derby, will appeal the controversial decision.
Gary West, the horse’s owner, said he would file an appeal Monday two days after Maximum Security was ruled to have impeded rivals at the Run for the Roses.
The 65-1 outsider Country House was awarded the victory after the first DQ of a horse that initially won the race took place.
President Donald Trump, an avid sports fan himself, disagreed with the decision.
Trump said on Twitter: “It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby – not even close.”
About 150,000 people were in attendance at the race at Churchill Downs.
The Preakness Stakes is on May 18 and the Belmont Stakes three weeks later to round out the Triple Crown.
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