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Tiz the Law is a big favorite in a Derby unlike any other

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Forget the mint juleps in souvenir glasses, men in seersucker suits and women wearing hats exploding in a floral frenzy. The Kentucky Derby still has horses – Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite in 31 years – but just about everything else makes the 146th edition unlike any other.

From Derby DQ to doping, a chaotic year in horse racing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. What happened next set horse racing off on a yearlong odyssey of chaos: from a historic DQ to doping, from lawsuits to a pandemic, and now a Triple Crown turned upside down.

Secretariat wins virtual Kentucky Derby

Secretariat won a virtual Kentucky Derby against 12 fellow Triple Crown winners, 47 years after the chestnut colt won the real race at Churchill Downs.

Scratched: Kentucky Derby now set for September due to virus

Churchill Downs postponed the Kentucky Derby until September, the latest rite of spring in sports to be struck by the new coronavirus along with the Masters, March Madness and baseball season. Instead of May 2, the race will be run Sept. 5, kicking off Labor Day weekend.

Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez appeals suspension

Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez has appealed his 15-day suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. He says the stewards’ penalty for failing to control the horse in the Kentucky Derby is “unduly harsh and not supportable by facts and law.” The rider also seeks to stay his suspension pending appeal to fulfill riding commitments. Stewards disqualified Maximum Security from first to 17th in the Derby and suspended Saez from May 23 to June 14.

Maximum Security owners file suit for Derby disqualification

The owners of Maximum Security have sued the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and stewards, seeking to reverse the horse’s disqualification for interference as Kentucky Derby winner and restoration of purse money. The lawsuit filed by Gary and Mary West says that stewards relied on insubstantial evidence and questioned a “bizarre and unconstitutional” process before and after the disqualification. Maximum Security was disqualified to 17th while Country House, a 65-1 shot, was elevated to first.

Initial Kentucky Derby DQ led to failed 4-year legal odyssey

Dancer’s Image crossed the finish line first in the 1968 Kentucky Derby, only to become the first horse ever disqualified days later as the result of a positive drug test. It was the start of a four-year legal odyssey by owner Peter Fuller, who spent $250,000 – the equivalent of $1.52 million in today’s dollars – unsuccessfully fighting the disqualification. Now, the owners of Maximum Security are dealing with a DQ of their own.

Kentucky Derby winner Country House won’t run in the Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Country House won’t run in the Preakness because of illness. Trainer Bill Mott says the long shot winner of horse racing’s biggest event is no longer being considered for the second jewel of the Triple Crown. After the horse started coughing, blood work showed he was harboring some sort of virus. Country House’s absence at the Preakness means there won’t be a third Triple Crown winner in five years. The 1 3/16-mile Preakness is May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Maximum Security arrives at Monmouth, pointed to Haskell

A weary Maximum Security has arrived at Monmouth Park, where his trainer plans to race the colt in the $1 million Haskell Invitational in July. The first Kentucky Derby winner disqualified for interference in the race’s 145-year history arrived at the Jersey shore track shortly before 6 a.m. He was walked and then put in a stall to rest. Said assistant trainer Matt Hartman: “He’s really tired. It’s been a long week.”

Maximum Security out of Preakness; Derby DQ to be appealed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Maximum Security’s owner said Monday he will not run the horse in the Preakness and will appeal the disqualification as the Kentucky Derby winner. Gary West said by phone to The Associated Press that there is “really no need, not having an opportunity to run for the Triple Crown to run a horse back in two weeks.”