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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Announces Punishment For Maximum Security Jockey

Shot of Churchill Downs at the Kentucky Derby.

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Punishment has been announced for Maximum Security's jockey, Luis Saez, following the controversial finish at the 2019 Kentucky Derby which resulted in his horse's disqualification from the event.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has announced a suspension for Saez, who interfered with other riders toward the finish of the Kentucky Derby.

Saez has been suspended for 15 days. He will serve the suspension from May 23 through June 14.

The suspension is for his "failure to control his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several rivals that resulted in the disqualification of his mount."

No other jockeys are facing punishment for the finish at the Kentucky Derby.

Saez, who is currently riding at Belmont Park, will officially serve his suspension on May 23-27, May 30-31, June 1-2, June 6-9 and June 13-14.

The 26-year-old jockey, who's a native of Panama, is expected to appeal the punishment.