President Trump is very upset about the outcome of the Kentucky Derby and because he is president, we all have to listen.
This is a travesty!
The Kentuky Derby decision was not a good one. It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby – not even close!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2019
Wow. He really sounds upset.
Here’s what happened for those who don’t know:
Maximum Security had reached the wire first, but as his connections and thousands of bettors began to rejoice, an ominous message came over the track public address system: “The result of the race is unofficial. Hold all tickets.”
A rider’s objection had been filed with the racing stewards. In many instances, an inquiry is started by the stewards themselves — but they did not initiate one in this instance. This one was started by jockeys Flavien Prat of Country House and Jon Court of Long Range Toddy.
They claimed that Maximum Security interfered with horses as they were rounding the far turn. “It got pretty gnarly,” said Long Range Toddy jockey Jon Court, and replays confirmed his assessment. Both Court and War of Will rider Tyler Gaffalione had to check up sharply when Maximum Security drifted out into their path, costing them any chance to be in the mix down the stretch.
The news initially was relayed to everyone without a sound. The audio announcement came a few moments later.
The video board displaying the results simply changed — Country House moved to the top, and Maximum Security’s name disappeared. The uncertain grandstand buzz transformed into gasps, groans and roars. And then boos.
The Derby winner had been DQ’d.
It was a unanimous decision by the three stewards — Butch Becraft, Tyler Picklesimer and chief steward Barbara Borden. It appeared to be the correct decision. It also was a hugely controversial decision.