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Sport of Kings Needs National Oversight in Order to Survive

Eric Estevez Special to MediaNews GroupMay 18, 2019

Whether you agree or disagree with the steward’s ruling in the Kentucky Derby that disqualified winner Maximum Security and jockey Luis Saez which resulted in the first disqualification for interference in the 145-year history of the race, we can all agree that “The Sport of Kings” is in need of serious reform.

History will record Country House as the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but a large percentage of people who watched the race will always consider Country House to be nothing more than the lucky recipient of an egregious decision by the racing stewards at Churchill Downs. In addition to the disqualification, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has suspended Maximum Security’s jockey Luis Saez for 15 racing days. A typical suspension under the similar set of circumstances only lasts three to five days, but Saez is suspended for 15.

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