President Trump had an opinion about the outcome of the Kentucky Derby and shared it — as he does with so many other opinions — on Twitter on Sunday.
“The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one,” he tweeted. “It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby – not even close!”
For the first time in the history of the legendary horse race, the horse that crossed the finish line first was disqualified for interference and stripped of its win.
The first-place finisher, Maximum Security, was disqualified because he jumped a puddle on the very wet track and slid to the outside, preventing his rival, War of Will, from moving forward and forcing its rider, Tyler Gaffalione, to squeeze his knees just to stay on his horse.
At the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, racing stewards watched a video for more than 20 minutes before issuing their ruling: Down came Maximum Security and up went Country House, a 65-1 improbable victor.
This was the first time that a foul had invalidated a Kentucky Derby win. Only one other horse has been stripped of its win: In 1968, Dancer’s Image was disqualified after a failed drug test days after the race, leading Forward Pass to be named the winner.