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Submitted by John DaSilva on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM


John DaSilva<
Monday, May 6

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby no doubt will go down in history as the most memorable running of the Derby. While Maximum Security was very impressive when he finished first by 1 ¾ lengths over Country House, the actions after the race will go down in history as controversial and memorable.

First of all, Maximum Security was the best horse in the race. While handicapping the race and looking at the conditions heading into the day. Maximum Security just stood out as the horse to beat. Adding the Omaha Beach scratch, I was salivating when morning line odds maker Mike Battaglia only adjusted his odds slightly, going from 10-1 and making him 8-1. Maximum Security had the look of being the morning line favorite or at no worse the second choice. Sharp bettors heeded my advice and bet down Maximum Security to being the 9-2 second choice, with my second choice Improbable the 4-1 post time favorite.

With the fast fractions that he was setting, Maximum Security repelled challenges from War of Will and Code of Honor to draw away to finish first. It is unfortunate that the actions afterwards, which many people were at fault to make it worse, has a part of making this race the most memorable, emotional and controversial in Derby history.

While many have felt that the disqualification is warranted, we have to look at the big picture. The obvious questions to be asked include, why didn’t the stewards put up a stewards’ inquiry. Why wasn’t it made known to the public that not only Flavien Prat on Country House claimed foul, but Jon Court on Long Range Toddy did as well. When the stewards were interviewing the jockeys, why did they not speak to

Tyler Gaffalione, rider of War of Will? Then when the stewards read their statement after the race, they said Maximum Security bothered War of Will, who according to the stewards then bothered Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress.

In this case, whether you feel the disqualification is warranted or not, I feel the court could overturn the decision because the stewards did not give Maximum Security a fair chance to stay up. Could Gaffalione convinced the stewards to go in one direction or not, possibly. But if Tyler was not interviewed, how can you then say Maximum Security did all of this without getting Gaffalione’s side of the story. Of course I would like the stewards to ask why wasn’t he claiming foul and if he said to them what he told everyone else, the incident wasn’t going to make a difference if he won or not, you have to wonder how the stewards would then look at it.

I expect this case appeal to last for months and in the end, someone will be very disappointed while lives will be changed forever in a positive and negative way.

We love that the mainstream media is giving horse racing attention, we wish it was under better circumstances. We do expect change to happen in the industry because of this, we just hope it is the right ones for the right reasons.

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