2019 Kentucky Derby Recap: Results, Payouts & Analysis

2019 Kentucky Derby Recap: Results, Payouts & Analysis

The 145th Running of the Kentucky Derby was a historical one for sure, but not for the reasons many were hoping for. For the first time in the Derby, the horse who crossed the finish line first, Maximum Security was disqualified and placed 17th. The official winner of the race was Country House who crossed the line 2nd but was placed first after the disqualification. Below, we will discuss the particulars of the race, but first, here is the official winners list for the 2019 Kentucky Derby and payouts. These horse racing bets can be made through horse race betting sites such as TVG and Derby Jackpot:

The following analysis is by long-time horseplaying enthusiast Michael Sherman. Michael has been involved with horse racing for over 25 years. You can follow Michael on Twitter @msherman85.

2019 Kentucky Derby Results

  1. Country House (65-1)
  2. Code of Honor (14-1)
  3. Tacitus (5-1)
  4. Improbable
  5. Game Winner
  6. Master Fencer
  7. War of Will
  8. Plus Que Parfait
  9. Win Win Win
  10. Cutting Humor
  11. By My Standards
  12. Vekoma
  13. Bodexpress
  14. Tax
  15. Roadster
  16. Long Range Toddy
  17. Maximum Security   
  18. Spinoff
  19. Gray Magician

Kentucky Derby Payouts

  • Country House: $132.40 (win), $56.60 (place), $24.60 (show)
  • Code of Honor: $15.20 (place), $9.80 (show)
  • Tacitus: $5.60 (show)

Payouts for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets:

  • Exacta: Country House/Code of Honor: $3,009.60 on a $2 bet
  • Trifecta: Country House/Code of Honor/Tacitus: $11,475.30 on a $1 bet
  • Superfecta: Country House/Code of Honor/Tacitus/Improbable: $51,400.1 on a $1 bet

Please read our How To Bet On Horses Guide for more information on these types of bets.

Kentucky Derby 2019 Recap

There is much controversy regarding the decision by the Stewards (racing officials) to disqualify Maximum Security. His disqualification is the most infamous DQ in a major thoroughbred stakes race that will have the horse racing world talking for some time. It took the stewards 22 minutes to reach the conclusion that Maximum Security should be taken down due to his interference as the field made their way towards the top of the stretch. While maintaining a length lead around the turn and racing in the 2 path, Maximum Security veered sharply several paths, forcing one horse to steady and thankfully not clipping heels which could have resulted in some catastrophic events.

For those casual fans or those new to thoroughbred racing, disqualifications are a part of the game. They happen fairly often however not usually on the national stage of the Triple Crown Races.  In any other race that incident would have led to a disqualification. Those arguing against the disqualification have cited, correctly or not, that there have been far worse infraction in races like the Kentucky Derby for which no action was taken. Regardless whether you agree or disagree with the action taken, this is indeed a part of the game. Horseplayers will tell you that they have had decisions go both for and against them.

To recap the results and my analysis, I predicted that Maximum Security would make the lead and be in front turning for home. I even advised a win bet on Maximum Security. Additionally, I had advised a Place bet on Code of Honor who finished second and returned $15.20 for a $2 place bet. However, due to the historic disqualification, I came up empty in the Win spot for this year’s Derby. If you did have the official winning horse, Country House, you were rewarded with $132.40 (odds of 65-1).

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