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President Trump complains about Kentucky Derby disqualification: ‘The best horse did NOT win’


Country House, Maximum Security and other horses fight for position during the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

Add President Trump to the list of people who did not like the historic disqualification in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Trump wrote in a tweet that the decision to strip Maximum Security of the victory was “not a good one.” The horse was disqualified for interference, giving 65-1 shot Country House the stunning win at Churchill Downs.

It was the first time such a turnabout had ever taken place at the Derby, and the President was not amused.

“It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch,” Trump wrote Sunday morning. “Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did T win the Kentucky Derby - not even close!”

Gary West, the co-owner of Maximum Security along with his wife, had shown his displeasure with the decision on Saturday, telling The Associated Press that it was “the most egregious disqualification in the history of horse racing.”

Trump’s criticism came one day after many social media users compared the outcome of the Triple Crown race to the 2016 presidential election.

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“Don’t worry about the outcome of the #KentuckyDerby2019. They reported that Maximum Security won the popular vote,” one user wrote.

Replying to Trump’s claim that the best horse did not win, a Twitter user wrote: “Just like the best candidate did T win the 2016 election.”

“Horse won Derby & then it was announced inquiry decided another horse actually won,” another user wrote. “Still hope happens 2016 election results.”

The Maximum Security owners may appeal the controversial decision.