The outrage over the decision to disqualify Maximum Security from the Kentucky Derby isn’t going away anytime soon.
Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez was suspended 15 racing days by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for his actions in the Kentucky Derby when he was determined to have interfered with other horses at the final turn in the race.
Saez’s horse was infamously disqualified over the incident after he was initially thought to have won the Derby earlier this month. Long-shot Country House was later awarded the win instead. (RELATED: Maximum Security Owner To Appeal Kentucky Derby Ruling)
The decision to suspend Saez will likely generate more outrage in a story that is not going away anytime soon, especially among Maximum Security bettors. (RELATED: Here Are The Odds For The Kentucky Derby)
Talk about the agony of defeat. No matter where you stand on the DQ, have to feel for jockey Luis Saez who waited through a 22 minute review only to find out that he and Maximum Security were being taken down. #KyDerby pic.twitter.com/dALAYBiUIv
— Danonymous Man (@DanonymousMan) May 4, 2019
Jon Court rode 18 Long Range Toddy in Ky Derby, filed objection against 1st place Maximum Security and rider Luis Saez, who were 1st near top of the stretch when stewards say they interfered with 18. Maximum Security and Saez were d.q. and today Saez got 15 day suspension. @wlky pic.twitter.com/gNXCAkN7z5
— Fred Cowgill WLKY (@FredCowgillWLKY) May 13, 2019
The decision to disqualify Maximum Security already put a cloud over this year’s Derby, but the subsequent decision to suspend Saez just pours gasoline on the fire.
This decision by the Commission is not going to sit well.