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Maximum Security owner weighs options after disqualification
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Maximum Security co-owner Gary West has criticized race stewards’ disqualification of his horse’s Kentucky Derby victory as “egregious” and said he was pondering his next step, including a possible appeal.
West told The Associated Press by phone Saturday night: “I think this is the most egregious disqualification in the history of horse racing, and not just because it’s our horse.”
Several hours earlier, Maximum Security appeared to back up his undefeated record with a 1¾-length victory in the slop over Country House in the Kentucky Derby. The victory was overturned 22 minutes later with a stunning decision by the stewards to disqualify the 9-2 second choice because of interference.
Runner-up Country House, a 65-1 long shot, was elevated to the winner’s circle Saturday to the astonishment of Maximum Security’s team, which insisted the horse did not cut off his competitors.
Maximum Security was dropped to 17th of 19 horses, placed behind all the horses it was determined that he bothered.
KENTUCKY DERBY-INTERFERENCE RULE
Derby officials say Maximum Security broke interference rule
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials cited Maximum Security for interference and the colt became the first Kentucky Derby winner to be disqualified for violating a state regulation that penalizes horses for impeding the path of another in a race.
Stewards, who supervise the outcome of horse races, referenced Section 12 of rule 810 KAR1:016. The rule 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.” Stewards determined that Maximum Security interfered with the path of several horses as the field of 19 rounded the final turn in Saturday’s race.
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chief steward Barbara Borden said she and two other stewards interviewed riders and observed several video angles of the incident and determined that Maximum Security impeded the progress of War of Will and interfered with Long Range Toddy and Country House.
Blues need a win in Dallas to stay alive
DALLAS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues head into Game 6 in Dallas down three games to two in their second-round series. It’s the first time they’ve trailed in a series this postseason. Now they have to win consecutive games to advance to the Western Conference finals.
The Stars took the series lead with a 2-1 road win Friday night. They will now try to repeat what they did in the opening round, when they won three games in a row to close out that series with a Game 6 win at home.
The Blues are 4-1 on the road this postseason.
The afternoon matchup is the only NHL playoff game on the Sunday schedule, since Carolina has already wrapped up a four-game sweep of the New York Islanders in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
2 Game 4s on tap
UNDATED (AP) — Sunday’s schedule for the NBA second-round playoffs features two Game 4s.
The Philadelphia 76ers host the Toronto Raptors in an afternoon game. The Sixers have won the last two games after Toronto’s Game 1 victory. The Raptors haven’t lost three straight since Nov. 12-16.
Toronto is listing forward Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) as doubtful because of a bruised right calf. Siakam, averaging 22.9 points, was called for a flagrant foul when he stuck his right leg in the path of Embiid during the fourth quarter of Game 3. Embiid’s knee appeared to strike Siakam’s calf.
The Nuggets and the Trail Blazers will be back on the court in Portland Sunday night after tying an NBA record by playing four overtimes Friday night. Portland eventually won that game 140-137 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Cubs on win streak, Mariners on losing skid
UNDATED (AP) — Javier Baez and the Cubs look to finish off a three-game sweep of the Cardinals Sunday night at Wrigley Field. After a 2-7 start that had some fans wondering what was wrong with the Cubbies, a win over St. Louis would put them in the NL Central lead. Baez hit a go-ahead homer Saturday in Chicago’s sixth straight victory.
Cubs lefty Jose Quintana, who is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his last four starts, goes against Adam Wainwright, who’s won his last two starts for the Cards.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— After the Milwaukee Brewers outlasted the New York Mets 4-3 in 18 innings on Saturday night in the longest game in Miller Park history, the teams will be back at it Sunday afternoon. Ryan Braun won it with his career-high sixth hit of the game, a two-run single. Both teams used eight pitchers and all of their position players, so fresh arms and legs might be in short supply. Jason Vargas is scheduled to start for the Mets, who are looking to avoid being swept in the three-game series by the Brewers, who will start Zach Davies.
— Seattle rookie Erik Swanson tries again for his first major league win when he starts against the Indians. Despite keeping up their home run barrage, the Mariners have lost six in a row. After starting out the season 13-2, they’ve dropped 15 of their last 20 games. Edwin Encarnacion, Daniel Vogelbach, Tim Beckham and Dylan Moore homered Saturday in a 5-4 loss at Cleveland. Seattle leads the majors with 65 homers.
— Michael Pineda makes his first start at Yankee Stadium since an elbow injury in 2017 brought his time with New York to a close. Pineda had Tommy John surgery, became a free agent and signed a two-year deal that offseason with Minnesota, returning to the mound this season after missing all of 2018. The right-hander was 31-31 with a 4.14 ERA in 89 starts from 2014-17 with New York. First pitch was moved from 1:05 p.m. Eastern to 4:05 p.m. due to poor weather in the forecast.