Most Exciting Two….32? Minutes in Sports with Stunning Reversal
What looked like a wire-to-wire win in the Kentucky Derby turned into mass confusion and guarded speculation before the blanket of roses was awarded.
An objection turned the most exiting two minutes in sports into an anti-climatic and yet suspenseful victory for the second-greatest longshot to win the Kentucky Derby in its 145 year history.
Maximum Security, the second choice at post time, finished first on the first Saturday in May in 2019 at Churchill Downs but in a stunning decision, down came Maximum Security and 65-1 Country House was proclaimed the winner.
Before the top of the stretch, Maximum Security veered from close to the rail out two or three lanes, impeding the progress of War of Will and prompting the objection and inquiry. After a very long delay, a first was established in Kentucky Derby history; the winner was removed from the top of the board and disqualified. A move often reserved for non-stakes races, not playing out in the uber-public eye, was displayed in the sport's biggest race and with it, Country House became the biggest longshot to win the Derby since Donerail in 1913.