Country House wins Kentucky Derby as Maximum Security disqualified

The first horse to finish Maximum Security was disqualified. (AP)
Updated 05 May 2019

Country House wins Kentucky Derby as Maximum Security disqualified

  • 65-1 longshot Country House won the 145th Kentucky Derby
  • After an objection and a 20-minute review Maximum Security was disqualified

LOS ANGELES: Country House, a 65-1 longshot, won the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday after the unprecedented disqualification of wire-to-wire leader Maximum Security.
Maximum Security, trained by John Servis and ridden by Luis Saez, was running comfortably in front on the sloppy Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Kentucky, but the colt moved sharply out from the rail as the field turned for home.
After an objection and a 20-minute review, he was ruled to have interfered with War of Will in a move that stewards ultimately judged signficantly affected the outcome of the race.
The stunning result gave trainer Bill Mott a first Kentucky Derby victory at the age of 65. French jockey Flavien Prat, who originated the steward’s inquiry, also won his first Derby.
It was the first time that the horse that crossed the line first was disqualified for interference from the Kentucky Derby.
Code of Honor finished second after the disqualification, followed by Tacitus.
“We had a pretty good trip and then when I came around the turn I was outside and all of a sudden there was a real move from the inside to the outside,” Prat recalled as trainers, jockeys and a crowd of 150,729 waited in suspense for the outcome of the stewards’ inquiry.
“They kind of pushed me sideways,” he said. “But then, after that, I had a fair run.”
Panamanian jockey Saez said Maximum Security, who had won all four of his prior starts, was startled turning for home by the roar of the crowd.
Saez thought he had steadied his mount before any harm was done, but he ended up 17th in the 19-horse field.


Anthony Joshua wins Clash on the Dunes in Saudi Arabia on points against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Updated 08 December 2019

Anthony Joshua wins Clash on the Dunes in Saudi Arabia on points against Andy Ruiz Jr.

  • British boxer won by a unanimous decision
  • New champion thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting the fight

RIYADH: Anthony Joshua reclaimed his world heavyweight title belts after a points decision over Andy Ruiz Jr. in the Clash on the Dunes on Sunday morning in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

The British boxer won by a unanimous decision from the judges after outboxing Ruiz Jr., especially in the later rounds.

In the first heavyweight title fight to be held in the Middle East, Joshua dominated a self-proclaimed "overweight" Ruiz Jr. over 12 solid, but largely uninspiring, rounds to win back the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, and avengeget revenge for his shock upset by his Mexican-American opponent six months ago in New York.

“Sometimes simplicity is genius. I was outclassing the champion,” Joshua said.

“I am used to knocking people out, but last time I got hurt so I gave the man his credit. I said I would correct myself again.

“I just wanted to put on a great boxing masterclass and also show the sweet science of this lovely sport. It’s about hitting and not getting hit.

British boxer Anthony Joshua, right, regained his world heavyweight title last night in front of 30,000 fight fans in a thrilling contest at the new Diriyah arena outside Riyadh, against the Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr.  (Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing , Dave Thompson/Matchroom and Ian Walton/Matchroom)

"Sometimes with certain fighters you have to box smarter. I understand what Andy brought to the table so I had to decapitate him in a different way,” he said.

Ruiz Jr. admitted he hadn't trained well enough for the rematch and got “boxed around.”

“The partying got the best of me," he said.  “I didn’t prepare how I should have. I gained too much weight. I don’t want to give excuses, he won ... If we do a third fight, you best believe I’m going to get in shape. I’ll be in the best shape of my life.”

Joshua immediately paid tribute to his opponent after the fight, thanking the Mexican fighter and his family, Saudi Arabia for hosting and the traveling fans who made the journey to the Kingdom.