Oddsmaker On Kentucky Derby: "It's A Travesty"

Oddsmaker John DaSilva dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the controversial finish to the Kentucky Derby, as well as the ensuing fallout

Ferrall On The Bench
May 07, 2019 - 9:20 am
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PARX Morning Line oddsmaker John DaSilva dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the controversial finish to the Kentucky Derby, as well as the ensuing fallout – and outrage.

“It was the first time we’ve ever had a DQ right after the race in the Kentucky Derby,” DaSilva said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It was a very controversial decision. Right after the race – and even coming into (Monday) – things (were) getting worse and worse as more details are coming out. Right now, it’s a travesty, plain and simple.”

Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at Churchill Downs but was disqualified for impeding the paths of several horses in the race. Country House was declared the winner.

Gary and Mary West, who own Maximum Security, filed an appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday, but it was denied. DaSilva thinks West will take this matter to court.

“If he goes to court, he’s going to win,” DaSilva said. “They’re going to go to federal court in Kentucky, where he’s going to file the appeal. Unfortunately for people like yourself, there’s no recourse. They’ve already paid out the winnings, and they’re not going to go and ask for refunds and pay for people like you.”

Country House’s co-owners will receive a purse of $1.86 million, at least as of now.

“Once (West) goes to court, all that money is going to be tied up in court,” DaSilva said. “They can’t give out the purses just right away. That’s going to take a long time before it’s going to get settled. It might even take years before that money ever gets handed out because of the lawsuit.”

Maximum Security will not run in the Preakness on May 18.

“I don’t blame him,” DaSilva said. “Usually the trainer doesn’t run him that quickly. He would have going for the Triple Crown. No Belmont, either.”

Click below to listen to DaSilva’s interview in its entirety.