2019 Kentucky Derby: Derby Experiences Recap

Posted by Evan Chronis on Tue, May 7, 2019

Well we can genuinely say that we've never seen anything like what transpired at the 2019 Kentucky Derby®. 

After the hoopla and celebration in the lead up to the race, "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" turned into a gripping 30-minute affair with audiences at Churchill Downs® and at home hanging on to the edge of their seats. 

Here is what transpired during a historic weekend at Churchill Downs.

The 145th Kentucky Derby

2019 Kentucky Derby

This race will go down in the history books for all the right and wrong reasons. 

For the first time in the history of the Kentucky Derby, the horse that crossed the finish line first did not leave Churchill Downs with the Garland of Roses. 

Here's how it went down.

As the field of 19 went into the top of the stretch on the far turn, front runner Maximum Security moved from the inside of the fence over into the next lane, impeding the path of fellow contender War of Will. This move forced War of Will to slow down and forfeit any of the momentum he garnered heading into the turn. 

2019 Kentucky Derby

In the heat of the race, the move was not noticed, nor commented on, and the action continued flawlessly. The horses made their way to the final stretch and Maximum Security started to pull away. 

With jockey Luis Saez leading the way on top, Maximum Security crossed the finish line and Saez fist pumped in victory. 

Country House finished in second and Code of Honor came in at third. 

As the celebration began for Maximum Security, so did the commotion. Quickly after the joy of victory was settling in for Saez and all of Maximum Security's team, it was announced that the victory was being protested. 

Less than half an hour after the conclusion of the race, it was announced that Maximum Security's move on War of Will was, in fact, illegal and that he was disqualified from contention. 

As a result of the shocking and historic decision, second-place finisher Country House was named the Kentucky Derby champion. 

Country House jockey Flavien Prat

Country House jockey Flavien Prat following announcement of disqualification

While this edition of the Derby will ultimately be immortalized for its unprecedented finish, it also holds a place in history as one of the races' biggest upsets. Country House came in at 65-1 odds, making him the second biggest longshot ever to win the Kentucky Derby. 


2019 Kentucky Derby Official Results


Country House


Code of Honor






Game Winner


Master Fencer


War of Will


Plus Que Parfait


Win Win Win


Cutting Humor


By My Standards










Long Range Toddy



18 Gray Magician

Derby Experiences Recap

The spectacle of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby was felt throughout the entire weekend for guests of Derby Experiences. 

Whether it was enjoying the races from their reserved seats at Churchill Downs, attending the several parties throughout the weekend, experiencing premier hospitality around the track, meeting celebrity jockeys like Pat Day and famous athletes or much more, there was always something happening for Derby Experiences guests. 

Take a look at some of the shots from an exhilarating weekend. 

Fillies & Lilies Party

The annual Fillies & Lilies Party stole the show on Derby eve, providing Derby Experiences guests with a night of music, dancing and a gourmet meal. 

The party was hosted in the newly-renovated Kentucky Derby Museum, giving most guests their first opportunity to see the new additions to the building that were finished following the conclusion of last year's Derby. 

The night was filled with a musical performance by 14-time Grammy nominated superstar Martina McBride, who serenaded the crowd with an intimate performance of some of the most popular songs from her illustrious discography. 

Martina McBride

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