Kentucky Derby

Triple Crown winner Justify failed drug test before Kentucky Derby: NYT

: Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith leads the field to the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York.
Justify, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, at the Belmont Stakes, 2018. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Justify, the celebrated American thoroughbred racehorse, failed a drug test a month before winning the 2018 Kentucky Derby, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Why it matters: In 2018, Justify became the 13th winner of the prestigious Triple Crown, triumphing in the Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes — paying out $381.56 million in total, according to calculations based on Horse Racing Business data. NYT reports that Justify failed an April drug test, which should've seen the now-retired racehorse banned from the Derby.

Kentucky Derby: Country House wins after Maximum Security disqualified

Country house wins the Kentucky Derby.
Country House #20, ridden by jockey Flavien Prat, War of Will #1, Maximum Security #7, ridden by jockey Luis Saez and Code of Honor #13. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The 65-1 long shot Country House won the Kentucky Derby Saturday in Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, after race favorite Maximum Security was disqualified for impeding another horse on crossing the finish line.

Why it matters: It's the first time a stewards' inquiry has disqualified the first horse across the line in the race's 145-year history. Bettors who backed Maximum Security to win, place or show lost about $9 million, ESPN reports, citing TwinSpires.com — which said it'd refund win bets on the Jason Servis-trained horse, ridden by Luis Saez.