Kentucky Derby DQ will be appealed

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Gary West, who along with his wife Mary, owns Maximum Security, the horse that was disqualified after crossing the finish line first in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, told the Today Show on Monday morning that he plans to appeal.

The appeal has to be filed within 48 hours of the race.

Opinion within the racing community is split as to whether or not the stewards made the correct decision, which led to an historic first – never before in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby had the winner been disqualified after an on-track incident.

Maximum Security was first to finish Saturday’s muddy Derby before becoming the marquee race’s first winner to be disqualified for interference. Stewards elevated runner-up Country House, a 65-1 long shot, to the winner’s circle after determining that Maximum Security impeded his path and two others’ exiting the final turn. Maximum Security was ultimately placed 17th of 19 horses after starting as the 9-2 second betting choice, ending his four-race winning streak.

West also said that Maximum Security will not run in the Preakness on May 18, which would mean a potential rematch with longshot Derby champion Country House would need to wait until the June 8 Belmont Stakes at the earliest.

Rafael Bejarano rides 4,000th winner at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode his 4,000th career winner at Santa Anita.

He guided filly Portal Creek to a 3 }-length victory in the third race Saturday for trainer Bob Hess Jr.

The 36-year-old Peruvian jockey says Santa Anita has always been a special place for him. He won six races at the Southern California track in his first day riding there on April 8, 2006.

Bejarano came to the U.S. in 2002 after training at a national riding academy in Peru. He led the U.S. in victories with 455 in 2004.

He has career purse earnings of $200,611,833 and five victories in the Breeders’ Cup.

Maximum Security to race for first time since Kentucky Derby

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OCEANPORT, N.J. — Maximum Security will race this weekend for the first time since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby.

The Jason Servis-trained colt was among six 3-year-olds entered Thursday for the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

The 1 1/16-mile race in New Jersey will be the first in more than two months for Maximum Security. The colt galloped 1 1/8 miles here Wednesday.

In the Derby on May 2, Maximum Security got to the finish line 1}-lengths ahead of Country House. The victory was overturned 22 minutes later when the stewards disqualified the 9-2 second choice because of interference with eventual Preakness winner War of Will and other horses.

It marked the first time in the 145-year history of the Derby that the first-place finisher was disqualified for interference.