Owners of DQ’d Derby winner considering legal options

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Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, right, across the finish line first against Flavien Prat on Country House during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified following a review by race stewards. (AP […]

(AP) –The owners of disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security are evaluating their legal options after an appeal of the decision was denied by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Gary and Mary West said in a statement Thursday that they believe with “a just and proper hearing of our case Maximum Security will be restored as the rightful winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby.”

The colt crossed the finish line first only to be DQ’d and placed 17th for interference in the final turn Saturday.

The Wests say Maximum Security’s win “is clearly and convincingly supported by actual video of the race. Those same videos underscore why Maximum Security never should have been disqualified.”

It was the first DQ for interference by a winner in the Derby’s 145-year history.

In denying the Wests’ appeal, they say the racing commission told them it was a “privilege” to participate in horse racing in Kentucky.

The couple says they agree, but that privilege “comes with an obligation for fair, full and transparent treatment by the Commission of its licensees. That did not occur here.”
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