Kentucky Derby Controversy: Why The First Place Winner Was Disqualified

Even horse racing is not exempt from controversy and replays.

For the first time in the 145 years of the Kentucky Derby the first place finisher was disqualified.

Maximum Security came in first, but according to USA Today, "Maximum Security was taken down due to an incident coming around the turn when he veered out slightly, squeezing War of Will and causing Long Range Toddy to take back. Though jockey Luis Saez was able to straighten Maximum Security almost immediately coming off the turn, the racing stewards determined that the foul was egregious enough to take down a Derby winner — and a commanding one at that as Maximum Security had led every step.

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No you weren't that drunk. This was the first time in 145 years that the horse that finished first was disqualified ???? #KyDerby https://t.co/anGxJHomPU

 

Of course, not everything at the race was about the race: there's, as always, the Kentucky Derby fashion.