The 2019 Kentucky Derby came to a shocking finish, with Maximum Security becoming the first-ever winner disqualified by an objection, letting Country House become the winner. Fans at home were stunned to see something that had never happened before in the 145-year history of the Run for the Roses.
After Maximum Security passed the finish line, trainer Jason Servis and jockey Luis Saez celebrated the win, but it was short-lived. The results were objected to, and after almost 20 minutes, it was finally ruled that Maximum Security interfered with another horse. Country House, considered a long-shot to win, was then declared the winner.
Fans were shocked by the development, considering that it was unprecedented. Even NBC's commentators were stunned by the results change.
This was a horrible decision!— Bobby Hines (@BHines37) May 4, 2019
It’s too bad that it had to end like this. 😔I couldn’t believe that they actually disqualified him. I’m glad that CountryHouse got 2nd place but it’s a bittersweet win for him since it wasn’t a full fledged win. 😔— LittleKomquat™ (@LittleKomquat) May 4, 2019
Winner of Kentucky Derby disqualified... that’s harsh 😬😬— ⚡️Cooper Bennett⚡️ (@cooperwx18) May 4, 2019
I can’t tell you how much I hate this reversal of the winner of the Kentucky Derby. Maximum Security was disqualified after a complaint was reviewed and the second place horse Country… https://t.co/wGP2IWZzpd— Mimi Torchin (@MimiTorch) May 4, 2019
Some fans expressed their anger directly towards the Kentucky Derby's official Twitter page.
There was one fan who thought the right call was made, though.
The right call was made in the Derby. They take 2 min and take him down on a normal Thursday maiden claiming. You can’t change the rule on the biggest Saturday of the year. He affected way too many horses to stay up.— Shughtering (@Shughtering) May 4, 2019
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