Owner Gary West said Sunday (May 5th) that he's considering whether to appeal the disqualification of his horse,Maximum Security, after it crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby a day earlier. Runner-up Country House was declared the winner after the historic decision, the first time the storied race's winner has been disqualified for interference. West said the earliest he could see the video evidence used by the racing stewards to disqualify his horse would be Thursday, and that evidence could determine if he files an appeal. The stewards ruled that Maximum Security interfered with the path of Country House and two other horses exiting the final turn.President Trump was among the critics of Maximum Security's disqualification, tweeting Sunday, "Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur."
BTW... NBC Sports reports that its coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby on NBC followed immediately by the primetime Columbus Blue Jackets-Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Playoff Game 5 on Saturday notched multiple overnight rating records, according to data provided by Nielsen. Country House’s victory in the “Run for the Roses” delivered a 10.9/25 overnight rating – matching 1992 as the best overnight for a Kentucky Derby since 1990. In addition, the 10.9/25 for the Kentucky Derby (6:30-7:30pm ET race portion) was up 20% from last year’s race (9.1/21). Game 5 of Columbus/Boston on NBC then drew a 3.22 overnight score, to rank as the second-highest overnight for a Stanley Cup Playoff game on record (since 1994), excluding Stanley Cup Final games.