Flavien Prat on Country House, left, races against Luis Saez on Maximum Security, third from left, during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.
Country House, jockeyed by Flavien Prat and trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, was named the victor of the 2019 Kentucky Derby after it was ruled that post time favorite Maximum Security made a move that significantly changed the outcome of the race.
The victor of Saturday's Kentucky Derby would most likely be the favorite to win the Triple Crown, which has only been accomplished 13 times in history, including previous year when Justify won the Kentucky Derby along with the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
The Associated Press reported that Omaha Beach, who just turned 3 in April, would undergo surgery in Kentucky last week.
Country House was dismissed as a long shot with a bad post on the far outside.
Maximum Security also had $1,495,408 bet to place and $1,272,082 to show.
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Here's hoping anyone who bet on Country House didn't immediately throw their ticket away when he initially came in second.
"Looking at the toteboard there's probably a lot of people that didn't think we could win", Mott said, "but that's horse racing".
The stunning outcome gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first Derby victory at age 65. "It was an odd way to do it and we hate to back into any of these things".
The Derby's only unbeaten horse, 8-1 shot Maximum Security, aims to improve to 5-0 lifetime. "It took quite long", Prat said about waiting for the review to be completed by Derby officials.
Prat claimed that Maximum Security ducked out in the final turn and forced several horses to steady, including Long Range Toddy.
Instead, Maximum Security was dropped to 17th of 19 horses. His other horse, Roadster, was 15th.