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Commission denies Maximum Security’s Kentucky Derby appeal

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    Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, right, across the finish line first against Flavien Prat on Country House during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified following a review by race stewards.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. >> The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has denied the appeal of Maximum Security’s disqualification as Kentucky Derby winner for interference, saying the stewards’ decision is not subject to appeal.

The commission’s letter to attorney D. Barry Stilz, who filed the appeal of behalf of owners Gary and Mary West, also denied a request of a stay of the disqualification ruling pending appeal because the law does not provide for an appeal.

Racing stewards disqualified Maximum Security to 17th place and elevated Country House to first after an objection filed by two jockeys. Stewards determined the impeded the paths of several horses in the race.

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

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