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Refunds Given on Maximum Security Kentucky Derby Bets

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
May/04/2019
  • Company stands to cough up 'healthy six figure refund' calling Maximum Security 'no action'

  • Maximum Security disqualification resulted in Country House paying out 65-1 odds, second highest in Kentucky Derby history

  • Maximum Security's actions could have been disastrous

  • BetOnline readies for Preakness Stakes with up to 7% on losses back

BetOnline's Dave Mason confirmed Saturday evening this his sportsbook will be refunding those who had Maximum Security to win the Kentucky Derby.

"All Maximum Security "To Win" bets placed in the BetOnline Sportsbook will be no-actioned. A healthy 6-figure refund," Mason tweeted out.

US-based TwinSpires says it will refund up to $10 on bets placed on Maximum Security.

Maximum Security was initially called as the winner once he crossed the finished line first.

Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the race by 1¾ lengths with a time of 2:03.93 over 1¼ miles. But both the margin and time were wiped out by his disqualification.  Following a nearly 20 minute review, Maximum Security was found to have interfered with the path of several horses.  The colt became the first winner disqualified for interference in the Derby's 145-year history. 

Country House, who was ultimately called the winner after crossing the finish line second, did not appear to be impacted by Maximum Security's actions.  However, other jockey's objected after he was initially declared the winner.

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The Associated Press reported that Country House Jockey Flavien Prat originated the claim of a foul, stating that Maximum Security ducked out in the final turn and forced several horses to steady, including Long Range Toddy.  That horse's jockey, Jon Court, also lodged an objection. War of Will came perilously close to clipping heels with Maximum Security, which could have caused a chain-reaction accident.

Country House’s stunning victory in the Kentucky Derby paid off big as a 65-1 long shot.  This was the second biggest long shot to pay out in Kentucky Derby history. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott had his first Derby victory at age 65.

Country House’s win was only the second in seven career starts. His first victory came by 3½ lengths at 1 1/16 mile on Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park.

"It's bittersweet. You always want to win with a clean trip and have everybody recognize the horse as the very good horse and great athlete that he is," Mott said. "Due to the disqualification, I think some of that is diminished."

Jockey Flavien Prat, who originated the claim of foul, also won his first Derby.

"I'm kind of speechless right now," Prat said, letting out a long sigh.

- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com

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