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Country House's trainer Bill Mott, who got his first Kentucky Derby win, said: "I know the stewards had a very, very hard decision and I'm glad I wasn't in their shoes".

The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown - followed by the Preakness Stakes on 18 May and the Belmont Stakes three weeks later.

Appearing on NBC's "Today" on Monday, Gary West, the owner of Maximum Security, said his colt would not be at the Preakness on May 18 for the second leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

"We had a lengthy review of the race", Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chief steward Barbara Borden told The Associated Press in a statement.

"I think that this is something that's big enough that the entire racing world is looking at this, and I think they deserve an opportunity to really know what was going on". I think they should have 14 like every other race.

The race's stewards eventually agreed with the claim, and for the first time ever in the history of the Kentucky Derby, the winning horse was disqualified, making Country House the new victor.

The owners of Maximum Security, who entered the Kentucky Derby as the favorite following Omaha Beach's withdrawal, argued in the appeal that the stewards made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision when disqualifying their horse.

Maximum Security is the first Derby victor disqualified for interference in the race's 145-year history.

Critics of the disqualification include US President Donald Trump, who said the decision was "not a good one".

'... Churchill Downs, because they are a greedy organization, has [20 horses] rather than 14 like you have in the Kentucky Oaks, Breeder's Cup, every other race in America, because they can make more money they are willing to risk horses and people's lives because of that'.

The KHRC's decision can after West's legal team filed the appeal to the commission based in Lexington, Kentucky.

West said that the appeal will center not on the decision but the way the stewards went about making the decision.

"Winning it was the most euphoric thing I have probably ever had in our lives and disappointment when they took the horse down for the first time in history, we were stunned, shocked and in total disbelief".

Country House now has hit the board in five of his seven races. Maximum Security's jockey Luis Saez said the noise of the 150,729 fans unnerved the horse, but he quickly got him back under control. "Their determination to disqualify Maximum Security is not supported by substantial evidence".

"Now we're talking about a horse that's had quite a few races", Mott told www.bloodhorse.com.

Maximum Security deserved to win the Kentucky Derby.

It was the first victor in the 145-year history of the $3m (£2.2m) race to be disqualified on the day. That horse, named Maximum Security, got in trouble for blocking some of its competitors, even though it might have just slipped out of position due to the muddiness of the track.


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