Derby Disqualification Fight Goes To Federal Court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The fight over the finish of Kentucky Derby 145 has moved to federal court.

Gary and Mary West, co-owners of disqualified Derby runner Maximum Security, have filed suit against Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the three steward panel that oversaw the race. In the suit filed in federal court in Frankfort, they allege that the Racing Commission denied their 14th amendment right to due process by not allowing an appeal of the disqualification and abused their discretion by disqualifying the horse, calling the process "bizarre and unconstitutional." West is asking for the disqualification to be reversed and Maximum Security to be named the winner of the Kentucky Derby along with redistributing the prize money accordingly.

Maximum Security's jockey, Luis Saez, has been suspended for 15 days for his ride in the Derby and says he will appeal.

To see the lawsuit, click here.

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