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Rancho Santa Fe man fights for his disqualified horse

Posted at 6:05 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 12:07:17-04

LOUISVILLE, Kent. (KGTV)- Controversy is swirling over last weekend's Kentucky Derby and a Rancho Santa Fe man is at the center of it.

Rancho Santa Fe resident Gary West is the owner of horse Maximum Security. Over the weekend, Maximum Security raced in the Kentucky Derby and crossed the finish line first.

After two jockeys and a 22 minute deliberation, stewards disqualified Maximum Security for drifting lanes and affecting the the performance of other horses.

The second horse to cross the finish line, Country House, was announced as the Kentucky Derby winner.

County House jockey, Flavien Pratt told Good Morning America, "When i made my move around the turn I thought I was pushed out from the inside. So, as we crossed the finish line, I was waiting to see if there was any inquiry because it was a pretty wide movement."

President Trump also tweeted about the race saying in part, "The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby- not even close!"

On Monday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission denied an appeal from West.