Trump Weighs in on Kentucky Derby Controversy: Disqualification Based on 'Political Correctness'

Written by:
Gilbert Horowitz
Published on:
  • 'Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur'
  • Stewards ruled to disqualify Maximum Security based on interference
  • Some racebooks now offering refunds

US President Trump has weighed in on the story everyone is talking about Sunday morning.  Not the Mueller Report findings, not the low unemployment rate, not the debate over impeachment. 

Trump was not happy with Saturday's Kentucky Derby outcome, and made his feelings known via his favorite social media platform Twitter.

”​The Kentuky Derby decision was not a good one. It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch​,” Trump wrote on Twitter, misspelling the state’s name. “Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby – not even close!​"

Churchill Downs stewards ruled to disqualify Maximum Security, who entered the Derby a 4-1 favorite only hours prior to post time after Improbable and Game Winner sat as co-favorites since mid-week's scratch of Omaha Beach.

Start Your Own Online Racebook for Just a Small Fee Per Week Per Player at PremierPerHead

Barbara Borden, chief steward of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission tasked with protecting the sports integrity as well as the betting public, revealed that two jockeys had lodged complaints immediately following the conclusion of this year's race.

She explained that the riders of No. 18, Long Range Toddy, and No. 20, Country House lodged complaints against Maximum Security, saying there had been interference as they left the quarter-pole and headed for home.

“We had a lengthy review of the race,” Borden said. “We interviewed affected riders.” She said the stewards had unanimously agreed that Maximum Security drifted out and affected the progress of No. 1, War of Will, in turn interfering with Long Range Toddy and No. 21, Bodexpress.

“Those horses were all affected, we thought, by the interference,” she said. “Therefore, we unanimously determined to disqualify No. 7 and place him behind the 18, the 18 being the lowest-placed horse that he bothered, which is our typical procedure.” That made Maximum Security the 17th-place finisher officially.

Country House became the first horse to win the Derby on an objection as a result.  BetOnline immediately announced it would be grading Maximum Security as "no action".  Almost around the same time, TwinSpires said it would refund affected win bets up to $10.  Exactas, trifectas and similar special wagers that included Maximum Security would not be refunded by the Churchill Downs owned betting company.

- Gilbert Horowitz, Gambling911.com

Horse Racing News

Breeders Cup 2019 Afternoon Odds

Breeders Cup 2019 Afternoon Odds

Gambling911.com has your afternoon 2019 Breeders Cup Classic updated odds as the race nears this evening.

Associated Press Breeders Cup Pick 2019

McKinzie looks to close out a somewhat disappointing season on a positive note. Not that it’s been a bad year for the Whitney winner. He did run second in each of his four defeats, including the Awesome Again at Santa Anita most recently as the 1-5 favorite.

2019 Breeders Cup Betting News

2019 Breeders Cup Betting News

Gambling911.com has all your Breeders Cup 2019 betting news here

Where Can I Bet Friday's Breeders Cup Juvenile Races Online? - Picks

Where Can I Bet Friday's Breeders Cup Juvenile Races Online? - Picks

While the Breeders Cup Classic will generate plenty of bets, it is possible to wager on all races including the Juvenile Turf, Sprint and Fillies Turf.  Betting available on BetOnline where you can claim your 7% rebates.

Can't Bet on TVG From Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma

Can't Bet on TVG From Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma

If you happen to reside in Nebraska, Kansas or Oklahoma...and even Texas for that matter....you will not be able to bet horses online with TVG.  But have no fear.  Jazz Sports is here and offering a limited time only 15% on horse rebates if you open an account prior to post time October 2, 2019.