Country House Wins 2019 Kentucky Derby After Top-Finisher Maximum Security Disqualified

Longshot Country House wins 2019 Kentucky Derby after top-finisher Maximum Security disqualified

Note: An earlier story incorrectly identified Maximum Security as the winner.

Country House pulled off a huge upset in the Kentucky Derby as stewards awarded the 65-1 long shot the victory following an objection that Maximum Security, the first horse to cross the finish line, interfered with the path of several horses.

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Maximum Security had appeared to win the 145th Derby by 1¾ lengths in the mud after taking control out of the final turn. The objection was filed and stewards took at least 20 minutes reviewing the race from several angles before declaring Country House the winner. Jockey Flavien Prat celebrated as the finish was announced to the surprised crowd of 157,729.

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Code of Honor was second, with Tacitus third.

The track was sloppy after rain poured on Churchill Downs later in the day.

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The few rain-free hours helped the main dirt track remain firm until a downpour downgraded the track an hour before the race.

The field featured 19 3-year-old colts who ran 1¼ mile in the $3 million race.

The longest shot in the field was Bodexpress at 90-1. The colt hasn’t won in five career starts, although he’s finished second three times.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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