Maximum Security crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified after an obejction and subsequent review showed he committed obstruction.
Kentucky Derby history was set on Saturday at Chuchill Downs when Maximum Security became the first ever horse to cross the finish line first and not win.
Instead, it was Country House, a 65-1 underdog, that won the first American Triple Crown race. Maximum Security led for nearly the entire Run of the Roses and was the Derby's unofficial winner when it pulled ahead of the pack and finished first.
However, Country House's jockey Flavien Prat and trainer William I. Mott filed an objection, claiming that Maximum Security stepped out of his lane, made contact with neighboring horse Will of War and obstructed the other horses in the process, which impeded their ability to catch the leader. Stewards reviewed the incident and ultimately ruled in favor of Country House. Maximum Security was disqualified.
Several viewers took to Twitter to react to the controversy. The New Orleans Saints even compared the debate to the NFC Championship's controversial pass interference non-call.
Here are some of the best reactions:
The Derby. WOW. Maximum Security was robbed!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) May 4, 2019
Wait what happened in the Derby? 👀👀— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) May 4, 2019
🧐— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) May 4, 2019
Sean Payton should switch to horse racing.— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) May 4, 2019
W O W— Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) May 4, 2019
Never rip up a ticket in anger. 65-1!
If you own a ticket that had interference replay controversy in both the NFC Championship Game and the Kentucky Derby, let me know how much you cash.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) May 4, 2019
Congratulations to the Rams for winning the Kentucky Derby— Buffalo Wild Wings (@BWWings) May 4, 2019