Maximum Security jockey Saez suspended after Kentucky Derby – Horse Racing Nation

Following Maximum Security’s Kentucky Derby disqualification for veering out through the far turn, Kentucky stewards on Sunday assessed his jockey, Luis Saez, a suspension lasting 15 racing days.The ruling, posted Monday to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission website, follows a well-publicized hearing and film review for which Saez hired an attorney to argue War of Will, with jockey Tyler Gaffalione, interfered with Maximum Security from behind, causing the move that led to the DQ.Stewards cited Saez’s “failure to control his mount and make the proper effort to
maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several rivals that
resulted in the disqualification of his mount.”Saez’s suspension is listed to begin May 23 and last through June 14.In a statement to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville-based attorney Ann Oldfather said Saez will appeal.”The stewards’ ruling is completely unsupported and the suspension is unsupportable,” Oldfather said. “We look forward to the opportunity to present proof that Luis is not at fault and should not have been suspended or disciplined for any reason.”RELATED: See video Saez had hoped would exonerate himSuch sanctions are common after horses are disqualified, but the term is rather long. The most-recent suspension for a rider was for Gaffalione on April 25 due to “careless riding” at Keeneland. He served the standard three days.Among those reacting to the news Monday were Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who tweeted that it was “terrible.” Don Chatlos, a Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer who now works as an assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, said, “There have been a lot of bad decisions by stewards across the country but this one is right near the top.”The suspension is the latest development following a historic — and controversial — Derby, with Maximum Security the first horse disqualified in the race’s 145-year history for interference on the track. Owners Gary and Mary West have issued a statement saying they’ll explore “legal options” in looking to overturn results after the KHRC denied a written appeal.Maximum Security hit the wire 1 3/4 lengths clear of Country House, who was promoted to the win. Both colts exited the May 4 race in less than full health, with neither moving on to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown, Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.Saez has since moved his tack to New York’s Belmont Park, where over the weekend he won the Peter Pan Stakes (G3) aboard Global Campaign, now a potential Belmont Stakes contender.The rule stewards applied to their decision reads: “If in the opinion of the stewards a foul is committed as a result of a jockey not making his best effort to control and guide his mount to a avoid a foul, whether intentionally or through careless incompetence, the jockey may be penalized at the discretion of the stewards.”See the full statement below:
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