- Country House was declared the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby despite crossing the finish line second.
- After a protest was filed, the stewards determined that Maximum Security had interfered with other horses during the race, hurting their chances.
- President Donald Trump said the decision was “not a good one” and blamed it on “these days of political correctness.”
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Controversy hit the 2019 Kentucky Derby when the long shot Country House was declared the winner despite crossing the finish line second.
After Saturday’s race, a protest was filed challenging the results. Track stewards determined that Maximum Security, who had dominated most of the race, had moved off his lane in the final turn before he was clear of the outside horses, interfering with their progress.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy, saying the decision was “not a good one” and blaming it on “these days of political correctness.”
In 145 years of the Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security was the first horse to cross the line first and later be disqualified from winning based on a ruling from the stewards.
While the ruling is unusual in this particular race, disqualifying a horse for interference is not a recent phenomenon in horse racing.
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