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Overturned Kentucky Derby winner brings to mind past Giants, A's controversies

Overturned Kentucky Derby winner brings to mind past Giants, A's controversies

History was made Saturday at Churchill Downs. Just not the good kind.

During the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, 9-2 favorite Maximum Security broke away from the pack to win the first leg of the Triple Crown. But after the race, the stewards reviewed the running and disqualified Maximum Security for coming off the rail and bumping War of Wills and impeding the path of Country House, who finished second and therefore was named the winner. 

It was the first post-race disqualification in Kentucky Derby history. At 65-1, Country House was the second-biggest long shot to win in Derby history. 

The Derby's controversial ending likely brought back a couple of memories of overturned calls for Bay Area baseball fans.

The first came during an A's-Astros game last August at the Coliseum.

With the A's trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Martini laced a ball down the right field line. Ramon Laureano took off from first base, looking to score and tie the game. The relay throw met Laureano at the plate, and he initially was called out. However, replay overturned the call, and the A's tied the score.

The A's went on to win the game, much to the dismay of Astros right fielder Josh Reddick, who had a few words for the umpires' confounding call.

Giants fans might remember another replay controversy, but this one didn't turn out in their favor.

In August 2017, the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals were locked in a battle at then-AT&T Park. With the Giants trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Brandon Crawford laced a ball that was ticketed for the roof atop the right field wall. The home run would have made it 5-3, but a fan caught the ball before it hit the roof. After a replay review, the umpires ruled fan interference, giving Crawford a double and taking a run off the board. The Cardinals went on to win 5-2.

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While both calls were head-scratchers, neither cost the Giants or Astros the amount of money that the jockey and trainer would have made ($1.86 million) had Maximum Security been ruled the winner of the Kentucky Derby. 

That's a tough L to take.

Kentucky Derby 2019 payouts: Win, place, show results for 145th race

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Kentucky Derby 2019 payouts: Win, place, show results for 145th race

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.

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.

2019 Kentucky Derby odds: Race-day betting lines, favorites, sleepers

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2019 Kentucky Derby odds: Race-day betting lines, favorites, sleepers

Grab your oversized hats that you'll only wear once, and get ready for the 145th annual Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. 

A little birdie told me that the Derby is difficult to handicap, but it was particularly challenging this year, with the scratches of Omaha Beach, who was considered to be the favorite, and Haikal before Saturday's race. 

But we move on. So, here are the updated betting lines, from best odds to the worst, from Sportsline on Derby Day:

Maximum Security: 9/2
Improbable: 5/1
Tacitus: 5/1
Game Winner: 6/1
Roadster: 10/1
Code of Honor: 13/1
By My Standards: 15/1
Win Win Win: 15/1
War of Will: 17/1
Vekoma: 22/1
Cutting Humor: 24/1
Gray Magician: 31/1
Tax: 35/1
Long Range Toddy: 49/1
Spinoff: 50/1
Master Fencer: 52/1
Plus Que Parfait: 55/1
Country House: 62/1
Bodexpress: 99/1

You can watch the Derby on NBC at 6:50 p.m. ET/3:50 p.m. PT, with coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on NBC Sports, the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com.