Flavien Prat on Country House, left, races against Luis Saez on Maximum Security, third from left, during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Photo: AP
After the race the OBJECTION sign was engaged on the board. The crowd gasped. In 145 Derbies, the horse that finished first had never been disqualified. A buzz fell across Churchill Downs. Maximum Security was disqualified and Country House was declared the winner.
And now there’s controversy, lots of it.
The beautiful moment came about one hour before the horses exploded out of the gates.
No one sat.
No one was kneeling.
No one pumped fists in the air.
No one “protested.”