Maximum Security jockey, Luis Saez, told reporters, “this was my dream. I just feel so glad,” after the apparent victory. Saez also stated the horse had a good race until he got to final turn before the home stretch and the noise of the crowd of more than 150,000 fans unnerved the horse. Saez continued, “he started getting a little bit scared, but then I grabbed him and I controlled him. And I kept fighting because I know he’s a real fighter.”
“Following the stewards review Maximum Security was disqualified from first and placed seventeenth for veering out and stacking up War of Will, Long Range Toddy, and Bodexpress,” the chart of the race posted on Equibase.com says.
Maximum Security owner Gary West revealed that his horse will not run in the Preakness Stakes and that he plans to file an appeal with the state racing commission over the results of Saturday’s race, according to reports.