The Kentucky Derby has come and gone, and we now have a new horse to be invested in as we approach the Preakness in two weeks.
American Pharoah and Justify winning the Triple Crown captivated the entire sports world in such a unique way. Horse racing isn’t remotely close to being among the most popular sporting events in America, but every year we wait to see if a horse will be able to pull off one of the greatest feats in sports — winning the Triple Crown.
Even if a horse isn’t going to win the Triple Crown, running in the Kentucky Derby is a spotlight any jockey and owner wants to command. No matter if the feat is achieved, every single year we are guaranteed the potential of a horse pulling it off. It’s also a spotlight that bettors waltz into hoping to hit it big with a winner.
This marks the second year in a row where the infield was an absolute disaster. Rain turned the track into a muddy obstacle for whichever horse was going to rise above, which counteracted the excitement by some that the proverbial favorite had pulled out of the race the day before. Omaha Beach was supposed to run in the Derby and was supposed to win, but once the horse was no longer part of the field it changed expectations.
The race wasn’t without further drama after the results seemed to be in. There was an objection to Maximum Security winning, where it was investigated whether or not War of Will was impeded and therefore wasn’t able to place because of lane violation. Country House finished in second, and was also impeded, but his jockey refused to say that what happened changed the race down the stretch.
That didn’t matter though, as for the first time in the history of Kentucky Derby there was a disqualification of the winner. It was determined that Maximum Security’s violation was bad enough that the results needed to be changed.
This is unprecedented and will have a gigantic ripple effect across Vegas. Not only were the results changed, but Country House was a 65-to-1 long shot which means the payouts are going to be insane. It also means that the trifecta and superfecta results are changed as well.
Here’s the complete finishing order for the Kentucky Derby, whether you want to know for betting purposes or just out of curiosity:
- Country House
- Code of Honor
- Game Winner
- Master Fencer
- War of Will
- Plus Que Parfait
- Win Win Win
- Cutting Humor
- By My Standards
- Long Range Today
Maximum Security finished first by was DQ’d. Both Omaha Beach and Haikal were scratched before the race started.
The Preakness will be run in two weeks, and we’ll see how long this Triple Crown dream will last.