Should Maximum Security have been disqualified? | The Tylt
Should Maximum Security have been disqualified?
For the first time in Kentucky Derby history, the horse that crossed the finish line ahead of the pack was disqualified. Maximum Security was dinged for interfering with other horses' runs, resulting in 65-1 shot Country House moving up from second to first. Was it the right decision?
The Kentucky Derby brings in a lot of gamblers casual horse racing fans every year. Those are the only people complaining about this result. Just because you put money down it doesn't make you an expert.
It's pretty obvious Maximum Security blocked several horses on its way to the finish line. Impeding a horse's path is dangerous, even potentially life-threatening for the jockey and the horse. That kind of reckless racing is allowed in NASCAR, but it can't go unpunished in horse racing where jockeys are less protected.
Disqualifying Maximum Security was the right call.
Like other replays in sports, there should be a clear and obvious penalty in order to reverse any result. Maximum Security may have blocked some horses, but there is no definitive evidence that the horse caused any other equine athletes to break their respective stride. To have such a high stakes result come down to that is a travesty. Millions of dollars are on the line and there needs to be an obvious error to overturn the result.
Maximum Security should still be the winner of the Kentucky Derby.