The owners of Maximum Security – who first ended but later disqualified from the Kentucky Derby over the weekend – continued to strike back on Thursday and said they believe fair issues would lead to Horse being restored as a victory.
Maximum security went over the finish line first among careless conditions at Churchill Downs on Saturday. But after two jockeys filed objections, the national administrators decided that Maximum Security had prevented several horses' paths in the race and disqualified him. Country House was then declared the winner.
Owners Gary and Mary West are confident that the video of Saturday's competition shows that Maximum Security not only won the contest, but also "should never have been disqualified," they said in a statement released by attorney D. Barry Stilz.
WAR OF WILL TRAINER EXPRESSING MAXIMUM SECURITY SECURITY OWNER'S KENTUCKY DERBY REMARKS
The couple noted that on Monday they filed a protest, objection and appeal letter "with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission", which was denied .
Formerly, Stilz told Fox News that the appeal was filed because "the rules were not properly applied". The horse was not disqualified "appealed", the Commission said.
"Upon denial of our request, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission reminded us that it was a" privilege "to participate in horse racing in Kentucky, their statement said on Thursday." And we agree that "the privilege" will come to impose an obligation on fair, complete and transparent processing by its licensors by the Commission. This didn't happen here. "
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But despite their appeal for appeal, the owners seemed safe on Thursday.
" We believe that with a fair and accurate hearing of our case MAXIMUM SECURITY will to be restored as the legitimate winner of this year's Kentucky Derby, "they said in the statement.
Fox News, Matt Finn, Ryan Gaydos and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report. 1