Maximum Security entered the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs as a 9/2 favorite, and he was able to hold off Country House to win the biggest race of the year.
Or so we thought.
As he made the final turn Saturday, Maximum Security veered out of his lane and bumped Country House. After Maximum Security crossed the finish line No. 1, the race was reviewed. Stewards then determined that Maximum Security impeded other horses' progress, and the horse therefore was disqualified.
After an inquiry ruling, 65-1 Country House is the winner of the Kentucky Derby. pic.twitter.com/BPYXyEdmWb— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 4, 2019
For the first time in 145 years, the horse who finished first in the Kentucky Derby was disqualified.— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 4, 2019
For the first time in the history of the #KYDerby, the horse that crossed the line first has been disqualified.— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 4, 2019
Here is the reaction after Country House was crowned the @KentuckyDerby winner. pic.twitter.com/jmGO8Vm2iC
Here are the payouts for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Country House: Win ($132.40), Place ($56.60), Show ($24.60)
Code of Honor: Place ($15.20), Show ($9.80)
Tacitus: Show ($5.60)
Country House's payouts were high because he entered the race at 65-1 odds.
That was the second-longest shot to win in Kentucky Derby history. Only one longer: Donerail at 91-1 in 1913.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) May 4, 2019