Kentucky Derby (Fair Or Foul?)

3 thoughts on “Kentucky Derby (Fair Or Foul?)

  1. I thought Barbara Borden’s statement also stated that Jon Court rider of Long Range Toddy also filed an objection. If that is true, then I feel the Stewards got it right.


  2. I’m heavily conflicted on this one. I had Max to win and the Max/Country House exacta so the take down cost me a bucket money. But thank God Gafflione was more in control of his horse than Saez was of his. The carnage of a 6 to 8 horse pile up on national tv at the biggest event of the season may have been the final nail in this dying sports coffin. Max clearly interfered with War of Will who seemed to be making a move. Whether he could have sustained it or even run down Max is up for debate.
    I don’t think Saez is shouldering enough of the blame for the debacle.
    Why Gafflione didn’t lodge the foul or why there was no stewards inquiry before the objections certainly baffle me, too.
    I have to admit I think the DQ was warranted as much as it hurts to say it.


    1. I don’t disagree Ev, and you took a good hit when #7 got taken down. In my opinion the stewards didn’t issue an inquiry because they never have…the “It’s The Derby” mentality. Once the objection was filed, well then they really had no choice. To look the other way on that would have been terrible. I think the 7 horse got spooked and Saez did the best he could. Gafflione should be lauded, not only for averting what could have been a disaster, but not claiming foul because he finished 7th and didn’t believe it would have affected his finish. And that is where I really have an issue with Pratt. He had no business claiming foul, but knowing the rules, he realizes if 7 gets taken down he moves up and adds another 120k to his pay-day. More questions which have not been addressed; why wasn’t the track sealed? Had to be at least an hour between race 11 and 12. And when will they stop having 5000 drunks in the infield? NASCAR doesn’t allow fans in pit row. Do they? And finally, let’s just stop with 20 horses and the auxiliary gate.


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