Leading up to the race, the 2019 Kentucky Derby lineup included names such as Improbable, War of Will, Maximum Security, Tacitus, Plus Que Parfait,
By My Standards,
and Code of Honor leading the pack of this year's top contenders.
And the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner is: Maximum Security, the winner who wasn't?
With rain in the forecast all afternoon, it was a wet and windy Kentucky Derby Day. Yet there was no dampening of enthusiastic support for this year's favorite, Maximum Security, which came tearing down a sloppy track to handily won the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
HOWEVER, an on-the-track violation lodged by handlers of second place finisher Country House, just as suddenly changed the winner from Maximum Security to the race's second-place finisher!
Although Maxium Security led the race from the opening bell, with a fast break to the finish line, the horse favorited to win this year's Derby swung out before the horses entered the stretch, a clear violation. That made Country House, at 65-1, also the winner with the second-longest odds in Kentucky Derby history, just behind 1913 winner Donerail at 91-1, and the second highest payout at $132.40 for the win.
There has never been a disqualification of a winner in the Kentucky Derby, so this year's upset is definitely one for the history books, and a race that will be talked about for years to come.
Code of Honor finished second and Tacitus was third. The complete payout results for the 145th Run for the Roses are as follows:
Country House: Win ($132.40), Place ($56.60), Show ($24.60) Code of Honor: Place ($15.20), Show ($9.80) Tacitus: Show ($5.60)
All about the Kentucky Derby
The first jewel in the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby offers the largest purse of all three races - $2,000,000 - luring the year's best 3 year-olds to the starting gate.
Days before the race, horse racing fans check out the lineup to find out how they've run in the Stakes races of the season, along with graded earnings, and how the handicappers put it all together to come up with the odds on the leading contenders.
All the action takes place at
Churchill Downs in Louisville
on Saturday May 4, 2019.
Heart-pounding anticipation follows. Who will scratch at the last minute? Who will have the heart to lead the field at the finish?
The field is usually set by April. That's when winning horses (and well-placed finishers) have already proven themselves in the lead up to Kentucky.
Qualifying races include the Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby, UAE Derby, Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass, and Arkansas Derby. Each of these amass points that earns a spot in the Kentucky Derby field.
Kentucky Derby - As race draws near there's all the news
that's fit to sprint - with feature articles, daily blog, pictures
and video clips, odds and latest lineup, breaking announcements.
Downs - The official site of the traditional Derby track featuring news,
story articles, betting info, event calendar, visitor information, track history.
Sports - Horse Racing - The official U.S. television station
with plenty of coverage in feature stories, analysis, predictions,
interviews, photo slide shows & video. Kentucky
Derby Museum - Your old Kentucky home meets hi-tech with multimedia presentations
on current exhibits. With schedules, hours, contact information, visitor guide,
membership info and more. Flash and QuickTime required.
Derby Post - The
latest news and archives of past races, tip sheets, Horse Betting 101, messageboards
and related links.
Kentucky Derby Festival Official
Site - A comprehensive schedule of events searchable by name, date or
location, here at the official online fest celebrating Louisville's excuse for
doing nothing but just horsing around all week.
Derby Day Party Ideas & Recipes
Derby Day Recipes - If you can't make it to the race, sit back and party
with do-it-yourself mint juleps, bourbon balls, Kentucky hot browns and a chocolately
horse race pie with some fresh whipped cream. Tool around the rest of this Derby
fan site for more history and color commentary on the big day.
Party Ideas - Recipes for Kentucky burgoo, derby pie, cucumber sandwiches,
mint juleps, bourbon slush plus lots of creative ideas for party themes, decorations
and setting up your own betting parlor.