Whether a racehorse will lose the trophy and its owner $ 1.5 million in the purse strings of the Kentucky Derby after being the first to cross the finish line and later turn out to be foul is up to the race officials, and not a legal system, the The sixth U.S. district court in Cincinnati ruled Friday.
The owners of Maximum Security, Gary and Mary West, filed their lawsuits in federal court just days after the famous race in 2019, demanding a judicial review of their loss, claiming that the trustees' decision was "arbitrary and capricious". is not supported by substantial evidence, and violates their right to the "procedural procedure" according to court documents.
Later that year, a federal judge ruled that trustees' decisions were not subject to judicial review under Kentucky law; a decision upheld by the Board of Appeal.
Who helped justify the decision? Mister Ed, the talking horse, of course, of course.
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" But horses can not speak, so the Commonwealth of Kentucky, like many other racing jurisdictions, has appointed racing experts – the trustees, not the appointed members of the commission or judges – to determine when an error occurs in a horse race, it is not our place for others to guess decided. ”