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Country House’s Owners Soaking In Historic Kentucky Derby 145 Victory

Posted at 7:28 PM, May 05, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – On Sunday the world is still buzzing after the historical running of Kentucky Derby 145.

For the first time ever, the winning horse was disqualified for interference and the long shot second place horse, Country House, was declared the winner.

LEX 18 sat down with one of Country House’s owners, Guinness McFadden, to talk about the incredible experience.

“It’s unfortunate we won the way we won, but it’s not going to taint it in my eyes even a little bit,” said McFadden.

The celebration continued on Sunday afternoon at McFadden’s house in Lexington.

His first trip ever to the Kentucky Derby ended in dramatic and unprecedented fashion.

Born and raised in Kentucky, his horse, Country House, was a 65 to 1 long shot.

“I was expecting to run top five. I thought it just set up nicely for him even before the rain. Apparently he gets over a sloppy track well. It worked out,” said McFadden.

Country House was crowned the winner after “Maximum Security” was disqualified for interference, a first in Derby history.

The stunning and historical overturn of results has people across the world questioning; was this the right call?

“The stewards have an impossible job. They do it really well, and I’m never going to second guess their decision making,” said McFadden.

McFadden said he wouldn’t have wished for the race to end the way it did, but he believes his horse deserved to win.

“He didn’t just luck into this. He’s fast and he’s good,” said McFadden.

Still the controversial has opinions pouring in from all over the world.

“Making past judgments on sports you don’t know anything about… maybe isn’t the best thing to do,” said McFadden.

McFadden who also co-owns Blackwood Stables in Versailles, calls himself a normal guy… But now, he can say he won the Kentucky dDerby.

“It happens to other people you see on TV that you know about and read about. It’s completely crazy,” said McFadden.