President Donald Trump went on a Twitter rant as punters lost millions due when Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security was disqualified after the race.
<p>The 9/2 second favourite was heavily backed and he justified the hype by delivering a stirring performance on heavy going at Churchill Downs. Yet a 20-minute stewards’ enquiry found he had impeded his rivals in the $3 million race and he was disqualified, the first time that had happened in the Kentucky Derby’s 145-year history. Victory was handed to 65/1 shot Country House, who finished second. It was the second largest winning price of all time in the race.</p><p>At <a href="https://www.actionnetwork.com/horse-racing/kentucky-derby-dq-disqualification-maximum-security-betting-fallout" target="_blank" title="TwinSpires">TwinSpires</a>, the online wagering service for Churchill Downs, punters lost $42 million as a result of the decision. That figure will be massively higher when factoring in all the bookmakers around the world that did not have to pay out on the heavily fancied Maximum Security. “The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one,” Trump 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.”</p><p>The second leg of the US Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes, which takes place at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 18. Maximum Security is the 5/4 favourite with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> to bounce back and secure victory there, while Country House is out at 4/1.</p>