LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Saturday’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby:
Maximum Security led all the way in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, only to become the first winner disqualified for interference in the race’s 145-year history. After a long wait, Long shot Country House was declared the winner
Country House, a 65-1 shot, finished second in the slop before an objection was raised, causing a lengthy delay while stewards repeatedly reviewed several angles of video footage, before he was elevated into the winner’s circle.
The stunning outcome gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first Derby victory at age 65. Jockey Flavien Prat, who originated the claim of foul, also won his first Derby.
Country House paid $132.40 to win — the second-highest payout in Derby history.
It was a crushing turn of events for trainer Jason Servis and jockey Luis Saez, who already had begun celebrating what they thought were their first Derby victories.
Instead, Maximum Security was dropped to 17th of 19 horses. The colt was the 9-2 second choice in the wagering.
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, clutching their betting tickets. Trainers and jockeys involved stared at the closest video screen waiting for a result.
Code of Honor was moved up to second and Tacitus was third.
Improbable was fourth and Game Winner fifth, two of trainer Bob Baffert’s trio of entries.
Horses for the 145th Kentucky Derby are making their way into the paddock. Maximum Security starts the race as a 4-1 favorite, trained by Jason Servis.
Improbable, trained by Bob Baffert, is right behind closing at 9-2. Tacitus closed at 5-1.
After several hours of an overcast but dry sky, a light drizzle is falling at Churchill Downs in the prelude to heavier rain expected to arrive in time for the Kentucky Derby.
The main track and turf are fast and good for now, though that is expected to change.
Spectators continue to mill and mingle throughout the paddock and grandstand with drinks and racing programs in hand. Not to mention plastic rain ponchos in preparation for the main downpour.
Some women even have plastic covers festooned to big, fancy, colorful hats. Others thought better of it, given the gloomy forecast. Brenda Oliver spent $300 on a big poofy black and white fascinator for her first Derby and her friend Caroline Washle borrowed a massive hat from her mother. The 19-year-olds watched the weather reports and feared they’d be ruined by the rain, so left the headwear at home.
They watched other Derby-goers around them, hats on nearly every head, and started regretting that choice.
“The more I look around, the more I feel sort of out of place,” Oliver said.
Maximum Security is the 9-2 favorite in early wagering for Saturday’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The Florida Derby winner is 4-0 in his brief career.
Tactius and Improbable are the co-second choices at 5-1. Game Winner is the 6-1 fourth choice.
The longest shot in the 19-horse Derby field is Bodexpress at 90-1. The colt hasn’t won in five career starts, although he’s finished second three times.
Only three so-called maidens have ever won the Derby; the last was Brokers Tip in 1933.
Morning showers have given way to heavy overcast skies at Churchill Downs, though another wave of rain is expected before the Kentucky Derby goes off later in the day.
Spectators seem prepared for the elements, with some carrying ponchos because umbrellas are banned. The forecast hasn’t prevented many from wearing colorful outfits and fancy shoes, though quite a few are wearing rain boots as a precaution.
A few rain-free hours have helped the main dirt track stay fast with the turf track listed as firm.
Bob Baffert not only has the Kentucky Derby favorite but two other horses capable of giving him a share of history.
Game Winner is the 9-2 favorite for Saturday’s 145th running at Churchill Downs after opening Tuesday as the 5-1 second choice behind Omaha Beach, who was scratched because of a breathing problem. Baffert’s two other horses, Roadster and Improbable, are 5-1 co-second choices that give the Hall of Fame trainer additional chances to win a sixth Derby and tie Ben Jones’ record.
The Derby’s only unbeaten horse, 8-1 shot Maximum Security, aims to improve to 5-0 lifetime. He and Game Winner are owned by Gary and Mary West.
The field features 19 3-year-old colts who will run 1¼ mile in the $3 million race that features a forecast of steady showers.
Post time is scheduled for 6:46 p.m. EDT.