Country House named winner of Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security disqualified

Posted at 6:04 PM, May 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-04 19:57:09-04

UPDATE — Country House has been declared the winner 145th running of the Kentucky Derby after original winner Maximum Security was disqualified.

Within minutes the outcome was under review after race replays showed that Maximum Security could have impeded War of Will. Country House then was awarded the victory, coming home as a 65-to-1 longshot.

That was the second-longest shot to win in Kentucky Derby history. The only one longer was Donerail at 91-1 in 1913.

Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez told NBC during the review process that he did all he could to help the horse “stay straight” after he became scared on the muddy surface.

Maximum Security trainer Jason Servis told NBC he thought his horse was legal.

“He straightened up right away and I don’t think it affected the outcome of the race.” As he waited for a ruling, Servis said, “pray to the racing gods.”

Country House and Code of Honor came in behind Maximum Security.

The speedy Maximum Security, the only undefeated horse in the field, won the 145th Kentucky Derby at rain-soaked Churchill Downs to keep his streak intact.

Maximum Security, who went off at odds of 4-1, became the seventh straight favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.