September 19, 2021

2019 Kentucky Derby DQ: Racing Twitter reacts

Maximum Security (pink cap) comes off the inside and into the path of War of Will, with Country House on the outside, on the turn of the 145th Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2019 (c) Horsephotos.com/Lauren J. Pomeroy

After the disqualification of Maximum Security from a front-running victory in Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby (G1), and the awarding of the roses to 65-1 longshot Country House, the racing world erupted on Twitter.

Here’s a sampling of the arguments from a range of racing personalities:


The controversy might not be over, with Maximum Security’s connections considering an appeal:

President Trump weighed in Sunday morning:

6 Comments on 2019 Kentucky Derby DQ: Racing Twitter reacts

  1. This is unfortunate. I have seen much worse in past Derby races. Clearly War of Will was a challenge to win or place in this race. The winner could never have won with out the DQ. Sloppy Track slipping and sliding. There was no intent to intimidate. It was racing under bad conditions. Maximum Security was a Triple Crown threat. Doubt he will lose the Preakness if entered.

  2. I think one thing, the stewards that did this should be fired! I bet horses about as long as most trainers today; for anyone to say it was right should quit. Was any horse kept from winning by maximum security crossing over into another path? No there wasn’t. I can tell you this it’s going to be hard to ever bet Kentucky again.

  3. If you’ve never ridden a young high strung horse at high speed you probably do not understand a lot of what transpired yesterday. Maximum Security had the race all his way and was life and death to get the wire. Anyway if you ever want to see a real horse race check out Luv the Tune’s maiden race in May as a three year old at Churchill Downs. He sure showed the Bold Ruler in him. In my opinion it was the best race Pat Day ever rode.

  4. the 20 horse was the one who came to close to the horse 1 and M S slide a little his back but was clear in front and # 1 came to M S # 1 did not complint and they dq M S this not legal and i lost my bet on M S what a shame

  5. Few commentators are being honest about the DQ at Churchill Downs. The key issue is the extreme subjectivity of steward decisions. Each of us has witnessed far worse infractions not result in disqualification, including at Churchill in the Derby. I have not wagered on the races for more than five years because of it. I don’t mind battling the infinite variability of race factors. Battling the whims of racing stewards — no thank you. The racing industry punishes its customers rather than itself. Absurd!

  6. Maximum Security does come out and commit a foul BUT none of the horses that he came in contact with had to check their horse. War of Will was still running down the stretch and had every opportunity to win but he just flattened out. This would explain why Tyler G didn’t want to post a claim of foul. As for Long Range Toddy they were gone by the time the incident occurred. Again when I watched the race in the moment the altering course of MS you didn’t really notice it because none of the other horse had to check or pull up. Going by this I would have let the result stand!

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