LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)– The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission didn’t take long to reject the appeal of Optimum Security’s disqualification as Kentucky Derby winner for disturbance, stating hours after it was submitted Monday that the stewards’ choice is not subject to appeal.

The commission’s letter to lawyer D. Barry Stilz, who submitted the appeal of behalf of owners Gary and Mary West, likewise denied a request to remain the disqualification judgment pending appeal.

West said he was dissatisfied by the KHRC decision, but added the matter is not settled.

” Based on everything that has actually occurred so far, I’m not amazed,” West informed The Associated Press in a phone interview after the appeal was rejected. “We’ll file suit in whatever the proper court is. I do not know the answer to that, however the attorneys that I have retained will know what the proper place is.”

Racing stewards disqualified Maximum Security after Saturday’s Kentucky Der by and raised Country House to the winner’s circle following objections submitted by 2 jockeys. Stewards figured out Maximum Security impeded the paths of several horses in the race.

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

The KHRC’s choice can after West’s legal group submitted the attract the commission based in Lexington, Kentucky. The owner has actually acknowledged that the legal procedures could take “months, if not years, down the road.”

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The only other Derby disqualification was in 1968, and long after the race. First-place finisher Dancer’s Image checked positive for a prohibited medication, and Kentucky racing officials purchased the handbag cash to be redistributed. Forward Pass got the winner’s share. A subsequent court challenge upheld the stewards’ decision.

West likewise has actually said he would not run Optimum Security in the Might 18 Preakness in Baltimore. Acknowledging the horse’s removal from Triple Crown factor to consider because of the disqualification, the owner said there is “truly no need” to run a horse back in two weeks.”


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