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The Kentucky Derby Decision Might Avert Disaster

The stewards’ ruling disqualifying Maximum Security wasn’t a “nightmare scenario”—and it could well prevent one.
Source: Brian Spurlock / USA Today Sports via Reuters

The stewards at Churchill Downs were absolutely right to disqualify Maximum Security after the talented colt drifted out at the top of the stretch and nearly wiped out the entire field in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. In fact, what’s striking about the reaction to the ruling is that those closest to the sport have been the least surprised by it. There are plenty of things wrong about horse racing in America, but what happened Saturday at the Kentucky Derby isn’t one of them.

It looks like over the result, and There is no way the courts of Kentucky are going taken down Maximum Security, given what the colt did.

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