Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez suspended over controversial Kentucky Derby finish

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Horse racing reporter Jason Frakes breaks down controversial stretch of the Kentucky Derby that saw Maximum Security disqualified.
Louisville Courier Journal

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has suspended Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez for 15 racing days after determining he interfered with other riders in the controversial 2019 Kentucky Derby. 

Days after race stewards met with the jockeys involved in the inquiry that led to Maximum Security’s disqualification, the commission announced Monday that Saez is suspended for 15 racing days.

The KHRC cited “failure to controI his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several rivals that resuIted in the disqualification of his mount,” in its ruling against Saez.

His lawyer, Ann Oldfather, said in an email that she was present for a film review Friday and that “every single jockey in the room” said Saez was not at fault and that he “did everything he could to control the horse.” 

She said the jockeys included Jon Court, Julian Leparoux and Chris Landeros.

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