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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)– The next drop in the chase for the Triple Crown is the Preakness, though both Optimum Security and Country House stay noncommittal for the Might 18 race following Optimum Security’s disqualification from the Kentucky Derby.

Owner Gary West said Sunday he is not sure whether to get in Maximum Security in the Preakness as he ponders appealing the historical choice.

West likewise stated he recognizes the appeals process could extend well beyond the upcoming race at Pimlico in Baltimore. And with Kentucky racing stewards’ ruling that Optimum Security hindered other horses that resulted in his disqualification, there might not be an indicate racing the colt in the Triple Crown series’ middle gem.

” When you’re not going for the Triple Crown, often it doesn’t make sense to wheel the horse back in two weeks,” West said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

” If there’s going to be an appeal it will likely be before the Preakness, but appeals traditionally take some time to sort out. Win, lose or draw, we’re not going to understand the result of that till most likely months, if not years, down the roadway.”

Optimum Security was very first to finish Saturday’s muddy Derby prior to ending up being the marquee race’s very first winner to be disqualified for interference. Stewards raised runner-up Nation House, a 65 -1 long shot, to the winner’s circle after determining that Maximum Security restrained his path and 2 others’ leaving the final turn. Maximum Security was ultimately placed 17 th of 19 horses after starting as the 9-2 second betting option, ending his four-race winning streak.

Stewards mentioned a section of the rule that calls for disqualification if “a prominent horse or any other horse in a race swerves or is ridden to either side so regarding interfere with, daunt, or restrain any other horse or jockey.”

Chief steward Barbara Borden stated in a press conference that she and two other stewards spoke with riders and studied video replays of the event during a 22- minute review after the finish. The stewards did not take questions from reporters.

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West said the earliest he could see the stewards’ video proof would be Thursday, which could figure out if he files an appeal in a process he was still trying to comprehend.

” We wished to have the stewards discuss to us what they saw and show us on their video the photos of precisely what they saw, and they declined to allow us to do that,” he stated.

” That was actually quite bush league, since there is no rule that they can’t show the movie to the owner and trainer that got disqualified for the first time in the history of the Kentucky Derby other than they aren’t working today, or Monday, or Tuesday or Wednesday.”

The only other disqualification in the Derby took place long after the race in1968 First-place finisher Dancer’s Image evaluated positive for a forbidden medication, and Kentucky state racing authorities bought the handbag cash to be rearranged. Forward Pass got the winner’s share. A subsequent court challenge promoted the stewards’ choice.

President Donald Trump blasted Maximum Security’s disqualification, blaming the Derby outcome on “political correctness.”

” The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “It was a rough and tumble race on a damp and careless track, really, a gorgeous thing to view.

” Just in these days of political correctness might such a reverse occur. The finest horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby– not even close!”

The Derby finish will be debated for a long time, which’s bad for the beleaguered sport.

The lead-up to Triple Crown season and the week at Churchill Downs was not what horse racing authorities had hoped for. And now, the focus throughout the run-up to the Preakness will be on what’s occurring off the track.

A scary spill for a filly and jockey opened Friday’s Kentucky Oaks for fillies, and winner Serengeti Empress won her first start since bring up in her previous race due to the fact that of external bleeding. That followed medication and safety reforms by the industry after the deaths of 23 horses over 3 months at Santa Anita.

Now racing relocate to the Preakness and Pimlico, where nearly 6,700 seats at the dilapidated track have actually been considered hazardous and will be not available. The Canada-based Stronach Group that owns Pimlico and Santa Anita has also clashed with Baltimore officials over concerns that ownership may move the Preakness to Laurel Race Course.

And the very best story on the track may not materialize: a Maximum Security-Country Home rematch.

Nation House fitness instructor Costs Mott said the colt was in great shape after the Derby however remained noncommittal about the 1 1/8- mile Preakness, which is shorter than the Derby. It would mark his 4th race in eight weeks if he runs.

” It may compromise his chances a bit and it’s not a regular scenario to run so typically,” Mott said. “However the Triple Crown is not a normal situation.”

West likewise declared Optimum Security fine however will monitor him the next few days.

” The vengeance intention does not even participate in my mind,” West stated. “The horse proved he was the best horse (Saturday) without a doubt. If he’s not 100%, we would not even think of taking this horse to the Preakness and after that we won’t know that for a few days.”

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