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Wests File Lawsuit Seeking Derby Overturn

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Gary and Mary West filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky Frankfort Division seeking that the Churchill stewards’ disqualification of Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) be overturned. The 33-page suit lists the three stewards–Barbara Borden, Brooks Becraft, and Tyler Picklesimer–as defendants, along with the chairman and all members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

The entire lawsuit may be read here.

The suit states that, “The insubstantiality of the evidence relied on by the Stewards to disqualify Maximum Security, and the bizarre and unconstitutional process to which Plaintiffs were subjected before and after the disqualification, are the subjects of this action.”

It goes on to allege that: the stewards never launched an inquiry; that they did not interview all of the “affected riders,” specifically Tyler Gaffalione aboard War of Will and Chris Landeros aboard Bodexpress.

The suit says, “This action seeks to redress the Defendants’ violations of Plaintiffs’ Due Process Rights under Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and to enforce their rights under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The remedy requested, inter alia, is a reversal of the decision disqualifying Maximum Security and reinstatement of the original order of finish confirming that Maximum Security is the official winner of the Derby who remains undefeated.”

This story will be updated.


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