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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP)– The owners of Optimum Security have taken legal action against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and race stewards, looking for to reverse the horse’s disqualification for interference as Kentucky Derby winner and restoration of bag cash.

The claim filed by Gary and Mary West on Tuesday in U.S. District Court states that stewards relied on poor evidence and questioned a “unusual and unconstitutional” process prior to and after the disqualification. Maximum Security crossed the goal first on Might 4 prior to being disqualified and dropping to 17 th for hampering the courses of numerous horses. Runner-up Country House, a 65 -1 shot, rose to first.

The KHRC last week rejected an appeal of the disqualification and stated that the stewards’ choice was exempt to appeal. The lawsuit says that due procedure was denied in addition to the $1.86 million winner’s share of the $3 million bag, including $186,000 each for trainer Jason Servis and jockey Luis Saez.

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