The 2019 Kentucky Derby ended in a controversial way as Maximum Security, the first horse to cross the finish line, was disqualified, which sparked a big reaction on social media.
Even though Maximum Security crossed the finish line first Saturday, Country House was awarded the victory after jockey Flavien Prat and Long Range Toddy jockey Jon Court filed objections over the result. Race officials reversed the decision after a review period that lasted longer than 20 minutes. They ruled Maximum Security interfered with other horses.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 4, 2019
The Saints were among the many to react with a simple, but meaningful tweet:
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) May 4, 2019
The post may not have said much, but the emoji had a deeper meaning. The Saints’ response was an ironic reference to the controversial no-call during the NFC title game against the Rams. The no-call came on a play where Nickell Robey-Coleman interfered with TommyLee Lewis well before the arrival of the ball on a pass.
It sparked a strong reaction from Saints players, coaches and fans as it should have been ruled pass interference. If it had been called, it likely would have allowed New Orleans to play in the Super Bowl last season against the Patriots.
The Kentucky Derby controversy resulted in many taking to Twitter to bring up the Saints’ no-call again:
The Kentucky Derby officials just announced it was pass interference and the Saints are going to the Super Bowl
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) May 4, 2019
Saints fans have now filed an inquiry at Churchill Downs hoping for an overrule
— Todd Fuhrman (@ToddFuhrman) May 4, 2019
If the Saints had a review booth like Kentucky Derby they would have another Super Bowl Trophy. #ifyournotfirstyourlast
— Chadwick (@EldridgeChad) May 4, 2019
The Saints could have used those Derby stewards in the NFC Championship game! What a reversal!
— Bryan Houston (@bryanhouston) May 4, 2019
There’s been an objection in the Kentucky Derby, so the officials are looking at the tape. I think it’s no foul, but you can judge for yourself: pic.twitter.com/kz9166AZEi
— R.J. White (@rjwhite1) May 4, 2019
“Congrats to the New Orleans Saints on winning the 2019 Super Bowl” – the Kentucky Derby
— Jalen Cooper (@jalen_cooper) May 4, 2019
Did I just watch the Kentucky Derby or a Saints game? #hotassmess
— Mid City Yacht Club (@mcycNOLA) May 4, 2019
— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrant_CJ) May 4, 2019
That review lasted seven times longer than the actual race. If that happened in an NFL game, the review would last 21 hours #KentuckyDerby2019
— John Breech (@johnbreech) May 4, 2019