First finisher in Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security, is disqualified

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People cheer as they watch a race at Churchill Downs before the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) —

First finisher Maximum Security is disqualified; Country House, a 65-1 long shot, declared Kentucky Derby winner.

Heavy rain has caused the main dirt track at Churchill Downs to be downgraded from fast to sloppy for the Kentucky Derby.

Bad weather that was expected arrived about three hours before post time. Rain fell harder as race time grew closer, making for a tough trek for the handlers and connections as they marched from the backside barn area around to the front stretch.

An off track is nothing new for Maximum Security, the 4-1 favorite. The unbeaten colt earned the second of his four victories by 6½ lengths in a muddy six-furlong race at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24. He entered the Derby with 3 1/2-length win in the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 30.

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