Disqualified Kentucky Derby Jockey Hit With Suspension For “Failure To Manage His Mount”

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While disgraced horse Maximum Security looks for justice in the courts following his disqualification in the Kentucky Derby for unruly racing, his jockey, a male called Luis Saez, has been suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for “failure to manage his install and make the appropriate effort to keep a straight course.”

In the Might 4 race, Optimum Security– who I keep wishing to describe as “Security” as if that’s his surname– broke out down the home stretch and ended up first by a length and a half, but was disqualified not long after when video evaluation identified he ‘d zig-zagged up the track in such a way that he disrupted the paths of other horses. This ruling was the very first such disqualification in the long history of horse racing’s signature occasion, and resulted in top place being retroactively granted to Nation Home, who finished second in the real running. Some would explain this type of anticlimactic result as more proof that video replay is a scourge which should be eradicated across sports; others, arguing an opposing view, are weenies.

Because of the way the horse racing calendar is set out, Saez’s suspension might avoid him from getting involved in the remaining legs of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Like his install, he is seeking to have this judgment reversed. Per the Louisville Courier-Journal:

His lawyer, Ann Oldfather, stated he will appeal immediately and anticipates to reverse “this unsupported and unsupportable suspension.”

She said she also will ask that the suspension be remained pending the appeal.

If it is not, it would forbid Saez from riding June 8 in the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park because other states, including New York and Maryland, honor suspensions released in Kentucky, according to spokespersons for racing commissions in those 2 states.

Saez will be suspended May 23-27, May 30-31, June 1-2, June 6-9 and June 13-14

Neither Maximum Security nor Nation home will run in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, depriving the sport of both the chance of a Triple Crown winner and a gripping redemption story. By God, the PC Authorities have gone too far this time.

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