Donald Trump attacks disqualification of Kentucky Derby victor as 'political correctness'

Horse and jockey competing in a race

Longshot Country House crossed the finish line second at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday but was declared the victor after second-favorite Maximum Security was disqualified for interference.

President Donald Trump added his outrage on sunday to the national dustup over Saturday's controversial Kentuky Derby finish, complaining that disqualifying the apparent winning horse for interfering with another is a sign of "political correctness" run amok. That handed the victory to second-place Country House, marking the first time that a horse lost based on breaking the rules.

Maximum Security crossed the finish line first but was later disqualified after Country House's jockey, Flavien Prat, filed an objection. He had won even after another camp had celebrated victory, shown in video taken by Bryce Miller of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"I think this is the most egregious disqualification in the history of horse racing, and not just because it's our horse", West said Saturday night. "Then when I saw the pictures last night", McGaughey said, "I have to agree the stewards made the right call". I thought I was going to win and it kind of cost me. A Kentucky Derby result has never been overturned via objection.

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After the horse Maximum Security came in first place and was declared the victor, officials disqualified the horse as it strayed from its lane and almost collided with another horse. Boos accompanied the trophy presentation as backers of Maximum Security, second-favorite in the race at just more than 4-1 odds, tore up their mutuel tickets.

Country House was a 65-1 longshot in the race that included 18 other competitors.

"We had a lengthy review of the race", Borden said at a news briefing.

"I checked [up] pretty hard when the 7 [Maximum Security] came out as far as he did, " said Tyler Gaffalione, aboard War of Will. The $132.40 to win was the second-highest payout in Derby history. The last objection in the Derby was filed in 2001 by jockey John Velasquez, who claimed interference by victor Monarchos and jockey Jorge Chavez.

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