After a controversial overturned finish, Country House came away with the win over Maximum Security. After Maximum Security bumped and impeded War of Will rounding into the final stretch, Country House became the second biggest betting longshot in Kentucky Derby history. After a 15 minute delay to review, the winner was finally announced.
Country House Defies Odds & Becomes Second Biggest Kentucky Derby Longshot Ever
Going in at 65-1 odds, Country House became the second biggest longshot in Kentucky Derby History. Trailing only the legendary Donerail who won at 91-1 odds, Country House etched his name into the history books with the historic, yet controversial run. With most of the hype and focus surrounding Bob Baffert’s trio of favorites, the unheralded Country House came from out of nowhere to run a nearly perfect race. Sitting towards the top of the pack the entire race, Country House was part of the infraction against Maximum Security, yet recovered to finish second behind the disqualified Maximum Security.
After the disqualification, Code of Honor was bumped up to second place while Tacitus moved into third. A $1 exacta paid $1,504.80 while a $0.50 trifecta paid out a whopping $5,737.65. Given the fact that Country House was the second biggest longshot to ever win the Derby, these payouts rank among some of the highest ever recorded at the legendary event at Churchill Downs.
Other Notable Kentucky Derby Longshot Winners
Outside of the legendary Donerail and his 91-1 victory, no other Kentucky Derby winner has been listed above 50-1 odds. Two horses, Mine That Bird and Giacomo were both 50-1 odds and pulled off miraculous come from behind wins.
While Country House’s victory comes on the back of an extremely strange review and disqualification, the fact remains that the horse has now etched himself into the history books as one of the biggest longshot upsets in Kentucky Derby history.