You May Be First, But I’m The Winner!

May 10, 2019

Ah, the Kentucky Derby—it’s one of the most prized races in all of thoroughbred horse-racing and dubbed the “most exciting two minutes in sports” for a reason. It’s fast and exciting, and the winner of the Kentucky Derby usually moves on to race in the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes in hopes of winning all three trophies and claiming the Triple Crown.

via @KentuckyDerby.com

This year’s race started out with the usual excitement: Maximum Security, a three-year-old thoroughbred horse who had never lost a single race and who was a heavy favorite, burst out of the gates and crossed the finish line first. Exciting? Absolutely. But that wasn’t the end of the race. After the race, the riders of Country House and Long Range Toddy raised an objection, which led to a review of the race. After officials saw an instant replay of the race, they unanimously concluded that Maximum Security violated the interference rule of the Kentucky Derby. During the final turn of the race, Maximum Security interfered with the path of several horses when it made slight contact with War of Will. Therefore, while Maximum Security crossed the finish line first, Country House actually won the race by default. Although Maximum Security’s owner filed an appeal, the appeal was denied by officials. Now, wouldn’t you agree that the Kentucky Derby is indeed the most exciting two minutes in sports?

We’ve talked about using instant replay in sports before. In 2018, FIFA began using video assistant referees to analyze plays that might have been too quick or too close to call on the soccer field. Do you think instant replay should be used in sports?