Notable Quotes and Comments After 2019 Kentucky Derby

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The horses at the front of the field round the turn and approach the stretch in the 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Country House won the 145thKentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve May 4 at Churchill Downs following the disqualification of Maximum Security for causing interference approaching the stretch of the first jewel of the Triple Crown. 

According to the official Equibase chart: Following the Stewards review MAXIMUM SECURITY was disqualified from first and placed seventeenth for veering out and stacking up WAR OF WILL, LONG RANGE TODDY, and BODEXPRESS.

The disqualification was the first in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby and sparked much debate at the racetrack, among analysts, and on social media.

Read on to find out what the trainers and jockeys had to say about a oughly run Derby held on a sloppy main track


“You know, as far as the win goes, it's bittersweet. I would be lying if I said it was any different. You always want to win with a clean trip and have everybody recognize the horse as the very good horse and for the great athlete that he is. I think, due to the disqualification, probably some of that is diminished. But this is horse racing.”

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, after winning the 2019 Kentucky Derby with Country House via disqualification

“It's a great moment. It's a dream come true. Coming from Europe, Breeders' Cup was a bigger deal for me. But as soon as I rode the first year here, I was in the grandstands and I watched this race, and it's amazing. I mean, there's no race like the Kentucky Derby. And I was hoping to one day ride it, ride the Derby, and to win it. And it's done today. I'm really happy and blessed.”

Kentucky Derby-winning rider Flavien Prat


“I don't think it changed the outcome of the race. It looks like something scared him in the infield, but I haven't been able to watch it that close.

“I feel bad for the Wests. I feel bad for the owners, the Wests. It looked like he ducked out a little bit. … It is tough. It hasn't sunk in yet, but it will.”

Trainer Jason Servis, after his Xpressbet Florida Derby winner was disqualified from first and placed 17th

“I thought I never put anybody in danger. My horse shied away from the noise of the crowd and may have ducked out a little.”

Jockey Luis Saez, rider of Maximum Security, after he was disqualified from first and placed 17th


“My horse ran a huge race. We were a little unlucky since the pace didn’t collapse. Those were good horses in the lead. Country House ran a huge race, too. My horse was digging in late. I had no excuse. In the Belmont [Stakes], he will be much better running 1 1/2 miles.”

Jockey Jose Ortiz after guiding Tacitus to a third-place finish


“I told them that was the horse to beat [Maximum Security]. I told him be thankful you didn’t lose him for $16,000 or else you’d be throwing up all over you horse right now.”

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the Kentucky Derby five times

“The field never got separated they were all right there. It was like a kids’ soccer game, they were all right there. I knew the first quarter of a mile I knew I was toast. The problem is [Improbable] couldn’t get out, the six [Vekoma] wouldn’t let him out. He could not get out. I told my riders to stay clean, they don’t listen to me.”

Baffert on his three 2019 Derby runners Improbable (4th), Game Winner (5th) and Roadster (15th)

“My horse didn’t really like the track. I asked him to keep up and he just could not.”

Irad Ortiz Jr., rider of fourth-place finisher Improbable

“I thought he was going to be sharper at the gate. He broke OK but he stayed there for a little bit. I tried to push him a little early. I thought I was going to be OK because they were going fast at the beginning but he struggled the last three furlongs. He also had a little trouble with the track.”

Jockey Joel Rosario on champion Game Winner, who was fifth



“He didn’t break that well, but we knew he’d break slowly. He made a huge effort in the stretch. I’m really pleased with how we finished so close to the other quality horses in the race. Great effort by horse and rider. If he comes out of this well, I want to take him to the Belmont [Stakes] next.”

Trainer Koichi Tsunoda after finishing sixth with Japanese invader Master Fencer


“Yeah, we got bothered too. We almost clipped heels with [Maximum Security]. We got excited. The horse ducked out and that’s when we nearly clipped heels. Tyler [Gaffalione] said he felt great. He said if he could have gotten him to relax a little he thought he would finish a little better. I have to talk to [owner] Gary [Barber] about [the Preakness], but maybe.”

Mark Casse, trainer of seventh-place finisher War of Will, who was the horse that Maximum Security made contact with on the turn

“I really thought I was going to win the Derby. I checked pretty hard when the seven [Maximum Security] came out as far as he did.”

Tyler Gaffalione, rider of War of Will


“I’m thrilled with him. I thought he ran his heart out. I couldn’t ask for anything more. He ran his race. He had as good a trip as you’re probably going to get. He’s not beaten very far at all and went all the way to Dubai and came back and ran his race. For a second thought it could maybe happen and he gave me a thrill. He showed he could run with these horses. He was no 54-1 shot.”

Trainer Brendan Walsh on Kentucky Derby eighth-place finisher Plus Que Parfait


“We got the trips we wanted to get with them. Spinoff was forwardly placed and Cutting Humor was following behind him. Spinoff just hated the track, though. He didn’t really want any part of it. I had a hint about that earlier in the week when he galloped on the ‘off’ and showed us he didn’t care for it. When Manny [Franco] went to riding him today, he just backed right out of there. Cutting Humor had a good trip and closed some ground late. He didn’t disgrace us. Both colts seemed to come back fine. We’ll be back another day.”

Two-time Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher on Cutting Humor (10th) and Spinoff (18th)


“I was able to get into a good spot after breaking that far wide. We were in a good spot in the far turn but I had to check pretty hard after the seven [Maximum Security] came out.”

Chris Landeros, rider of Bodexpress (13th)


“I am disappointed to be honest. He broke all right but never traveled down the stretch the first time. He started picking up horses down the backside, but when I hit the half- mile pole, I was just out of horse. I am not sure if he didn’t like the track but it felt like he never ran.”

Jockey Florent Geroux after finishing 15th aboard Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster


“It was very unfortunate that it rained. He doesn’t do well on an ‘off’ track. But he was in a good position and then, as we know, the race got real rough.”

Steve Asmussen, trainer of Long Range Toddy (16th), who was impacted by the contact on the turn while racing outside of War of Will

“Well, at least I am still the oldest rider ever to ride in the Derby. It was a lot of fun but I had to stop very abruptly.”

Jon Court, 58, who rode Long Range Toddy, who faded to 16th after he was bumped on the final turn

2019 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve
May 4th, 2019

Winning Time: 2:03.93
  • Purse: $3,000,000
  • Distance: 1 1/4 Miles
  • Age: 3 yo
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Winning Time: 2:03.93
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
20 Country House
$132.40
$56.60
$24.60
2nd
13 Code of Honor
$15.20
$9.80
3rd
8 Tacitus
$5.60
4th
5 Improbable
5th
16 Game Winner
6th
15 Master Fencer (JPN)
7th
1 War of Will
  • Owner / Gary Barber
  • Breeder / Flaxman Holdings Limited
8th
9 Plus Que Parfait
9th
14 Win Win Win
10th
10 Cutting Humor
11th
3 By My Standards
12th
6 Vekoma
13th
21 Bodexpress
14th
2 Tax
15th
17 Roadster
16th
18 Long Range Toddy
17th
7 Maximum Security
18th
19 Spinoff
Scratches
Payoff
Pick 3
7-12-20
7-12-20
$639
Pick 3
OAKS/FRSTR/DERBY 13-12-20
OAKS/FRSTR/DERBY 13-12-20
$2,073
Pick 4
3-7-12-20
3-7-12-20
$11,326
Pick 5
2/8-3-7-12-20
2/8-3-7-12-20
$72,318
Pick 6
OAKS/DERBY P6 1-13-3-8-12-20
OAKS/DERBY P6 1-13-3-8-12-20
$67,936
Pick 6 Jackpot
4-2/8-3-7-12-20
4-2/8-3-7-12-20
$271,870
Daily Double
OAKS/DERBY 13-20
OAKS/DERBY 13-20
$1,291
Daily Double
12-20
12-20
$121
Exacta
20-13
20-13
$3,010
Future Wager
SIRE WAGER - 24
SIRE WAGER - 24
$14
Future Wager
SIRE EXACTA 24-17
SIRE EXACTA 24-17
$89
Future Wager
EXACTA POOL 3 - 4-3
EXACTA POOL 3 - 4-3
$1,089
Future Wager
EXACTA POOL 1 - 24-2
EXACTA POOL 1 - 24-2
$109
Future Wager
POOL 4 - 24
POOL 4 - 24
$40
Future Wager
POOL 1 - 24
POOL 1 - 24
$5
Future Wager
EXACTA POOL 4 - 24-5
EXACTA POOL 4 - 24-5
$793
Future Wager
EXACTA POOL 2 - 24-18
EXACTA POOL 2 - 24-18
$551
Future Wager
POOL 3 - 4
POOL 3 - 4
$61
Future Wager
POOL 2 - 24
POOL 2 - 24
$8
Superfecta
20-13-8-5
20-13-8-5
$51,400
Super High Five
20-13-8-5-16
20-13-8-5-16
$544,186
Trifecta
20-13-8
20-13-8
$5,738
Race Replay
Play
Payoff
Pick 3
7-12-20
7-12-20
$639
Pick 3
OAKS/FRSTR/DERBY 13-12-20
OAKS/FRSTR/DERBY 13-12-20
$2,073
Pick 4
3-7-12-20
3-7-12-20
$11,326
Pick 5
2/8-3-7-12-20
2/8-3-7-12-20
$72,318
Pick 6
OAKS/DERBY P6 1-13-3-8-12-20
OAKS/DERBY P6 1-13-3-8-12-20
$67,936
Pick 6 Jackpot
4-2/8-3-7-12-20
4-2/8-3-7-12-20
$271,870
Daily Double
OAKS/DERBY 13-20
OAKS/DERBY 13-20
$1,291
Daily Double
12-20
12-20
$121
Exacta
20-13
20-13
$3,010
Future Wager
SIRE WAGER - 24
SIRE WAGER - 24
$14
Future Wager
SIRE EXACTA 24-17
SIRE EXACTA 24-17
$89
Future Wager
EXACTA POOL 3 - 4-3
EXACTA POOL 3 - 4-3
$1,089
Future Wager
EXACTA POOL 1 - 24-2
EXACTA POOL 1 - 24-2
$109
Future Wager
POOL 4 - 24
POOL 4 - 24
$40
Future Wager
POOL 1 - 24
POOL 1 - 24
$5
Future Wager
EXACTA POOL 4 - 24-5
EXACTA POOL 4 - 24-5
$793
Future Wager
EXACTA POOL 2 - 24-18
EXACTA POOL 2 - 24-18
$551
Future Wager
POOL 3 - 4
POOL 3 - 4
$61
Future Wager
POOL 2 - 24
POOL 2 - 24
$8
Superfecta
20-13-8-5
20-13-8-5
$51,400
Super High Five
20-13-8-5-16
20-13-8-5-16
$544,186
Trifecta
20-13-8
20-13-8
$5,738

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