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.

Saudi Araba welcomes return of live international sport with women’s golf events

Updated 28 September 2020

Saudi Araba welcomes return of live international sport with women’s golf events

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will welcome international live sport back in November with a world first professional women’s golf week expected to be a landmark event for the Kingdom.

King Abdullah Economic City on the Red Sea Coast will host two elite-level European Ladies Tour golf tournaments in the space of seven days: the $1 million Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF which takes place on Nov. 12 to 15 and the $500,000 Saudi Ladies Team International, whichs runs from Nov. 17 until Nov. 19.

Both tournaments have attracted the world’s best golfers, and will be the first time in women’s golf history that professionals – themselves competing in the Kingdom for the first time – will partner with amateurs in the all-new team and individual format for the Saudi Ladies Team International.

The events will mark the return of huge international sporting events to the Kingdom, something Saudi Arabia has become renowned for hosting in recent years as the country aims to inspire its next generation under the ambitions of Saudi Vision 2030, a statement said.

The tournament will take place at Royal Greens Golf Club, above. (Supplied)

Their hosting also reaffirms the Kingdom’s commitment to women’s sport, which comes at a time when many athletes worldwide have seen their endeavours halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we all know the first half of this year has been extremely challenging on businesses, organisations and nations worldwide, with sport affected greatly,” Yasir O. Al-Rumayyan, chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and tournament organiser Golf Saudi, said in the statement.

“However, we are thankful to both PIF and Aramco – who are equally determined to give elite level sport the platform to continue to flourish, both here in Saudi Arabia and abroad, and never more so than now – which makes us proud to be throwing our full weight behind both the Saudi Ladies International and Saudi Ladies Team International.”

Originally planned for March, the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF will be the Ladies European Tour’s debut event in Saudi Arabia and the 2020 Tour’s third highest paying event.

Wales’ Amy Boulden will be taking part in both of November’s events, fresh from her maiden LET win at this month’s Swiss Open.

 “This type of commitment to women’s golf is really amazing to see at this time. It’s given players another massive week to look forward to competing in and allows us to take the game we love to a new country, where we can play on what is a truly incredible golf course with one of the most picturesque views you’ll see on Tour,” Boulden said.

“For Golf Saudi to throw their weight behind two events in one week is a really significant gesture from a country I know is passionate about growing golf, and I can’t wait to get out there playing.”