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Maximum safety jockey Luis Saez suspended for 15 days for "failure of control of his mount"



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Following his disqualification in the Kentucky Derby for recalcitrant race, Maximum Security seeks justice Jockey, a court A man named Luis Saez, was suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for "failing to control his mount and make the right effort to maintain a straight course".

In the race of May 4th was Maximum Security – who I Time and again we want to refer to "security" as if it were his last name. He broke up on the home straight and ended up in first place one and a half times, but was soon disqualified when the video review found he had zig-zagged the track in such a way that it disturbed the paths of other horses. This decision was the first such disqualification in the long history of horse racing and led to the first place being awarded retroactively to Country House, which finished second in the current race. Some would call this type of anti-climactic result further proof that playing videos is a plague that needs to be eliminated across sports. Others, who take a contrary view, are Weenies.

Due to the way the calendar is designed for horse racing, Saez's suspension could prevent him from taking part in the remaining legs of the Triple Crown for horse racing. Like his mount, he seeks the annulment of this decision. According to the Louisville Courier Journal :

his lawyer Ann Oldfather said he would appeal immediately and expect to "lift this unsupported and unsupportable suspension."

She said she'll also ask that the suspension be suspended until the appeal is filed.

If this is not the case, Saez would refuse to race in the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8, as other states, including New York and Maryland, honor issues in Kentucky 23-27th May, 30.-31. June, 1.-2. June, 6.-9. June and 13.-14. June suspended. Neither Maximum Security nor Country House will run in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, giving the sport both the chance of a Triple Crown winner and a gripping salvation story. Thankfully, the PC police went too far this time.


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