JFoster Wrote: Agreed, it does feel wrong. Bob Baffert's horse, Restoring Hope made a controversial move at the Belmont Stakes last year, and didn't get disqualified. He used that horse essentially as a blocker for Justify. If that wasn't called to attention, why would something like this have been? All in all, it really is unfortunate. Many people lost money and their tempers over that call for sure.
Good point. Maybe it's politics. Baffert owned both horses and it's not as high profile as the Derby. So maybe that had something to do with it. Plus they would have disqualified Restoring Hope and not Justify so the winner wouldn't have changed, unless there's a protocol to re-run the race I'm not aware of?
I think this was the right call but I agree with above, I would rather see a re-running of the race. Easier said than done though as these races are really hard on the horses and what kind of product would you get. That would be equally controversial, maybe even more so.