Greeson: Derby's right decision being wrongly criticized

Luis Saez riding Maximum Security, second from right, goes around turn four with Flavien Prat riding Country House, left, Tyler Gaffalione riding War of Will and John Velazquez riding Code of Honor, right, during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Wow, so much for a Kentucky Derby just being about big hats, big horses and big hangovers. (If you've had more than two mint juleps, you know what I'm talking about.)

By now everyone knows the details.

Maximum Security led wire-to-wire. He was the fastest horse.

He was disqualified for leaving his lane and blocking or interfering with competitors.

photo Jay Greeson

If you are unsure about the rules or the rulings of intricate horse racing matters, you are not alone.

The rule is in place to protect the animals and their riders.

"Of course they got it right," ESPN horse racing expert Barry Abrams said on local radio show Press Row on Monday. "It happens every day in horse racing. It just never happens at the Kentucky Derby.

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