Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not run in Preakness

Flavien Prat jockey of #20 Country House celebrates after winning the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4. Country House was declared the winner after pre-race favorite Maximum Security was disqualified

Maximum Security, who led the Derby from wire to wire and crossed the finish line 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Country House, was disqualified for interference while turning for home.

A tired Maximum Security arrived Tuesday at Monmouth Park, where his trainer plans to race the colt in the $1 million Haskell Invitational in July. That touched off a firestorm of controversy that was further stoked by West, who declared that he would appeal the stewards' ruling even though KHRC rules provide no such avenue to overturn a ruling of a racing disqualification.

Taken down as the Kentucky Derby victor, Maximum Security is now out of the Preakness. He says "there's really no need, not having an opportunity to run for the Triple Crown to run a horse back in two weeks".

The horse is skipping the Preakness, the second jewel in racing's Triple Crown; Country House, who was elevated from second place to victor after the disqualification, is expected to compete in the Preakness on May 18 at Pimlico in Baltimore.

But West noted that it was complaints by two jockeys, those aboard Country House and Long Range Toddy, that launched the review of the results, not an inquiry from the stewards themselves.

In his "Today" show appearance West signaled he would consider taking the matter to court.

West told NBC's "Today" earlier on Monday that the dramatic turn on events at Churchill Downs left him "stunned, shocked and in total disbelief" and that his bay colt would not be in the field for the May 18 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of US thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown.

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The owner has acknowledged that the legal proceedings could take "months, if not years, down the road".

Barber added that he's glad both War of Will and Maximum Security survived the Derby unscathed and will race again. "I think the challenge of the Triple Crown is that it's three races close together, and it takes a champion - hey, it takes a Justify - to win those kind of races". Forward Pass got the winner's share. "They'll ask a judge to reverse the decision because the action of the stewards was 'arbitrary or capricious'". He remains bothered that his request to view replays with stewards after the race was denied. The total attendance was 150,729, according to the Associated Press. "We'll file suit in whatever the appropriate court is".

Replays of Saturday's dramatic race showed a muddy track as Maximum Security veered out of his lane and got in the way of other horses around him - a clear violation of the rules of thoroughbred racing in almost every state where the sport is run.

Stewards cited a rule that calls for disqualification if a "leading horse or any other horse in a race swerves or is ridden to either side so as to interfere with, intimidate, or impede any other horse or jockey".

The victory was stripped 22 minutes later following a lengthy video review by the stewards at Churchill Downs.

"I was a bit shocked and surprised that the stewards wrote a statement that was probably prepared by their lawyers and refused, literally refused, to take a single question from the media", West said.

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