Country House is named the winner of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby after stewards disqualify Maximum Security who was the first to cross the finish line.
Country House was a 65-1 long shot while Maximum Security was the 4-1 favorite to win Saturday’s race at Churchill Downs. The Florida Derby winner was 4-0 in his brief career.
Stewards overturned the win following an objection that Maximum Security interfered with the path of several horses.
Maximum Security had appeared to win the 145th Derby by 1¾ lengths in the mud after taking control out of the final turn. The objection was filed and stewards took about 20 minutes reviewing the race from several angles before declaring Country House the winner. Jockey Flavien Prat then celebrated as the finish was announced to the surprised crowd of 157,729.
Code of Honor was second, with Tacitus third.
Heavy rain caused the main dirt track at Churchill Downs to be downgraded from fast to sloppy for the Kentucky Derby.
Bad weather that was expected arrived about three hours before post time. Rain fell harder as race time grew closer, making for a tough trek for the handlers and connections as they marched from the backside barn area around to the front stretch.