The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes are far more than just two-minute horse races... Even if it was accepted that the interference was enough to impact the result, Maximum Security should have been demoted to second. To his relief, the Canadian Hall of Fame trainer saw nothing but a horse ready to regroup and potentially do it all again in two weeks.
The lead-up to Triple Crown season and the week at Churchill Downs was not what horse-racing officials had hoped for. He's been around long enough, and I'm sure he watched the films well enough. "I'd be lying if I said any different".
'If you think the end of the Kentucky Derby was confusing now you know how the horses feel about the whole race, ' comedy writer Matt Goldich posted on Twitter.
"They were in position at the time to hit the board", the trainer said. "It was a bittersweet way to do it but our horse ran well". He had crossed paths just once with Servis, a longtime acquaintance, when Servis offered congratulations and Mott said, "Look man, sorry it happened this way". But we would have liked the chance.
The purse for the Kentucky Derby has increased dramatically over the decades.
"I know the stewards had a very, very hard decision", Mott said. But I feel sorry for Gary Barber.
Maximum Security finished first by 1 3/4 lengths.
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Code of Honor was second, with Tacitus third. I've known Bill my entire racing life and Bill is maybe one of the classiest men I've ever been around.
"We determined that the 7 horse [Maximum Security] drifted out and impacted the progress of No. 1 [War of Will], in turn interfering with the 18 [Long Range Toddy] and 21 [Bodexpress]", she said.
A jockey riding in the Kentucky Derby on a horse that doesn't place might earn few hundred dollars or less.
"We had a lengthy review of the race. I stand by that".
"If it was a maiden claimer on a weekday, the victor would come down, and it's not supposed to matter - Kentucky Derby or whatever it is", Mott told NBC.
"It's something that it'll give somebody a lot to talk about for a long time", Mott said.
"We haven't lost any faith in our horse".