Kentucky Derby Controversy

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Country House, a 65-1 shot, was declared the winner of the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday after the crossing the finishing line second. He was a long shot to win but after the historic disqualification of second-favorite Maximum Security for interference.

After an objection by two riders, stewards ruled the colt swerved out and impeded the path of several horses between the far and final turns. Winning jockey Flavien Prat told reporters, “(Country House) was traveling well the entire race. Once I got him outside and I started to make my move, Maximum Security kind of drifted out and kind of turned us sideways. War of Will and Long Range Toddy, the two horses behind him had more trouble but his horse felt the effect of Maximum Security’s move.”

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