Saturday, May 25, 2019

Foal Count Up to Forty-four!

As of this morning, the foal count on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge was up to forty-four!  Captain Dan Davis says he has to get crackin', because Darcy and Steve Cole have spotted nine more new foals than he has so far this season...   In any event, here are the latest foals, and a few up-dated photos of some of the older ones:
Foal 42 is a filly for Alice's Sandcastle and Maverick

Foal 43  is a chestnut colt for Surfer Dude's Gidget and Puzzle

Foal 44 is a chestnut out of Misty Mills and sired by Puzzle

And this is a closer look at foal 23 - a foal out of Gingersnap, by Prince -
the lighting isn't great; still not sure if it's a solid palomino, 
or a minimally marked pinto...

***  All photos shown today are the property of DSC Photography  ***

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Photos Taken Around Torhamn Parish in Blekinge County, Sweden

These are assorted photos of Torhamn Parish, where my grandfather grew up.  After immigrating to America at the age of 17, he settled on the island of Chincoteague at the age of 23.  If you are familiar with Chincoteague and/or Assateague Island, you will see why he felt at home here, where he continued working as a waterman and net-mender for the rest of his life.


Torhamn Lutheran Church

Torhamn Marina

Near Torhamn

County road to Karlskrona

Utklippen Lighthouse built 1870

Moon over Torhamn

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Latest Chincoteague Pony Foal Photos...

The latest mare to foal delivered baby 42 to the Chincoteague Pony herd that belongs to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.  A new foal was spotted with Alice's Sandcastle, who has been in Maverick's herd for two years.  The mare is a sooty buckskin, like Poco Latte, and it is difficult to determine what the foals' color will be once it sheds its' baby fur. (It could be a sooty buckskin like Mom, a bay, or black.)   So far, only one photo from a distance, taken by DSC Photography:

  And, thanks to DSC Photography, we have some great photos of  foal # 41, a perlino pinto with two blue eyes.  This baby boy was sired by Legacy, and is out of the buckskin mare Zustan - her first foal.

    This little filly  looks to make an excellent riding horse/pony.  She is foal 11, a chestnut pinto chunk, out of Dreamer's Gift, and sired by either Ajax or Puzzle.   Photos by DSC Photography.

  There were only four photos of foal 23, a foal out of Gingersnap (Surfer's Shining Star)  and Prince, all taken at a great distance.  This is the closest one yet, even though all one sees is a golden hump asleep in the grass beside her Mom - both at the left of the photo.  Taken by Gina Aguilera and posted on her Chincoteague Pony Names: Smartphone App Facebook page:
** I had, a few days ago, posted two photos of what I thought was foal 23, in the woods with her dam.  They are not foal 23, but foal 19 with her dam, Surfer Princess.  I will correct that post as soon as I am finished with this one.  **

  Foal 34, a chestnut filly, out of Kimmee Sue, and sired by Ken.  DSC Photography.

And foal 36, a palomino pinto out of Lorna Dune and sired by Prince.  This photo is by Gina Aguilera, and is from her Chincoteague Pony Names: Smartphone App site:

More Swedish Genealogy

After posting about using the Swedish Digital Archive to read old church records, I decided to use some of the Swedish genealogy on-line sites to find information regarding my second-great-grandmother, Kerstin Andersdotter.  I had her birth and death dates, so I felt I had an advantage.  She was born on 10 November 1836, the question was where; and died on 10 May 1905, in Torhamn Parish.  After several false leads, I found her.
  She was born in the hamlet/village/populated place named Konungshamn (King's Harbor) in Torhamn Parish, Blekinge, Sweden.  Her father was a registered Boats Man, who served the hamlet of Konungshamn.  He was Anders Eriksson Warning Ifrig, who was born 22 October 1812 and died 31 January 1897.  He entered the Naval service on 14 March 1834, and served in companies 28 and 31.  Before 1845, her worked with the BBG 2nd Boatman Company, number 98; and after 1945 with the BBN 1st Boatman Company, number 98.  He was retired by the Navy on 28 June 1871 due to his age (59), and had served for 37 years.  Anders married in Torhamn Parish on 16 May 1834, to Lena Jonasdotter.  Lena was born in Lindon, Vissefjarden Parish, Kalmar County, Sweden on 13 April 1804; she and her younger sister Stina moved to Torhamn Parish in 1817. Kerstin was the second (and eldest surviving) child of six siblings. Her parents died in Konungshamn, with her mother passing 5 years before her father.
   I have only been able to find that Lena Jonasdotter was the child of Jonas Hakansson, born in 1769, and Kjierstin Jonasdotter, born in 1768. Lena was the fifth born of seven children.  In 1818, she and her younger sister Stina, were living with a farmer named Anders Trulsson and his wife Elin in Torhamn Parish.
   Anders, Kerstin's father, was the son of Erik Andersson Walberg Ifrig, who was born on 25 June 1785 in Ramdala Parish in Blekinge County.  He, too, was a Boats Man for Konungshamn, and served from 2 January 1810 through 1821.  He passed away in Konungshamn.  He married Karin Larsdotter, who was born on 2 April 1779 in Bjorkenas, Torhamn Parish; she, too, died in Konungshamn in 1836.  They had three children.
   Erik's father, Anders Eticksson Ry, was born in 1746 in Ramdala Parish in Blekinge; he, too, was a Boats Man for Konungshamn in Torhamn Parish.  On 18 October 1767 he married Ingri Zakrisdotter in Ramdala Parish.  Ingri was born on 9 June 1746 in Ramdala. They had seven children together.  After retiring, Anders and Ingri moved to Tornby in Ramdal Parish, and both passed away there.
    Karin Larsdotter, who married Erik Ifrig, was the daughter of another Boats Man, Lars Jonasson Birman Bjorkelund, who served the town of Bjorkenas in Torhamn Parish.  Lars was born in 1734 and passed away on 17 August 1811 in Ronneby Parish in Blekinge County.  On 2 April 1776 he married Maria Svensdotter in Torhamn Parish.  Maria was born in 1747 and passed away in 1829. Lars and Maria were the parents of four children....
   I have a couple more generations of information going further back in time, but I won't bother you with it.

   Still seeking more information, but I promise not to bore you like this again....

 do want to say that the website  is a wonderful tool.  It is run by the Church of Latter Day Saints, but they do not use your access to their website for religious or conversion purposes.  They have tons of records from around the world that are available at no charge (free!) for any person's use.  You can build your own family tree on the website at no cost or charge.  You can attach any and all records found for a specific person to that person (I have my grandfather's World War I and II Draft Registrations, which include his signatures, to his record).  If you enter information concerning a living person - me for instance - then whoever enters that information is the only person who can see or view that information.  Only I can look at the information I have entered regarding myself, my sister, and the living members of our family. 
  I just wanted you to know, if you're interested in building your own family tree, I highly recommend the Family website....

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Forty-One Foals So Far on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

The latest foal was spotted about noon today, on 21 May.  Kathleen Cahall, who saw and has taken the only photos so far of Lorna Dune's palomino pinto baby, saw a palomino pinto foal with Zustan, a young buckskin mare in Legacy's herd.  No photos of this foal, number 41, at the moment... 
   Late Sunday afternoon, through a heavy fog, a - possibly - chestnut (?) foal was spotted with Kimball's Rainbow Delight; the sire would be Prince.  This is the photo from that sighting and report:

  Little miss (Judy's Little) Smooch has been at the Carnival Grounds, keeping company with Bailey's Star (a donated mare), since the Spring Round-up in mid-April.  Neither the cowboys, the Pony Committee, not the veterinarians, were happy with Smooch's condition.  Her fur was dull, she was underweight, and she was definitely pregnant.  So she's been getting extra tender loving care, as well as grain, hay and supplements since that time. Early yesterday morning, when the CVFC person arrived to feed her and Star, they found a palomino pinto filly, whose sire is Legacy beside her....  These are the early photos of the little girl, less than 3 hours old:

   Suede and Maverick produced a bay colt yesterday, too.  Suede is a palomino, and Maverick is a bay pinto...  

   Again, Zustan foaled today, but there are currently no photos available... her foal makes 4 palomino pintos sired by Legacy, and 2 sired by Legacy's half-brother, Prince.
    Still no close photos of, and/or color confirmation, and/or sexes of Gingersnap and Prince's foal, Little Miss Sunshine's foal, or Rainbow Delight's foal.  We know Lorna Dune's foal is a palomino pinto, but not the sex of that baby, nor of the new Zustan foal....
    **** All photos used today were taken by, and belong to, DSC Photography ****

Monday, May 20, 2019

Old Photographs of Torhamn, Blekinge County, Sweden

This photo was not labelled, but was in Hanna Olsdotter's album.
He is plainly seen in the group photo (five down) on the right end of
of the back row - her brother, cousin, or uncle?

Family mending fishing nets in Torhamn (which means Thor's Harbor).
Not the Jonassons - but my grandfather was a well-known net-mender for
miles around Chincoteague....

The first Post Office in Torhamn - Hoger Johnsson was the mail carrier.

The steamship Imperator took passengers and freight on a regular
between 1898 and 1912.

The Logen Enighet - an abstinence group, and voting block, in Torhamn 
in 1905.  I have five portraits of unidentified members, including
the photo at the top of these pictures....

Pehr Holgersson's general store in Torhamn

The Torhamn public school, built in 1882 - my grandfather and great-uncle
attended classes here.

Investigating Swedish Genealogy

First off, we have two new foals for the Chincoteague pony herds.  Yesterday evening a foal was spotted with Kimball's Rainbow Delight and her mate Prince.  It was at a great distance, on a foggy day, and near dusk.  Both parents are pintos, but the baby looked like a chestnut.   And, since the Spring Round-Up, Smooch has been at the Carnival Grounds on Chincoteague because of her poor condition.  Her coat looked bad, she was very thin, and she was definitely pregnant.  She has been keeping company with Bailey's Star a donated mare, and getting extra feed and supplements.  She had been in Legacy's herd this past year.  This morning, when the CVFC man arrived to feed the girls, Smooch had a palomino pinto filly at her side.  As soon as good photos are available of both, I'll post them.

I've been working on my Swedish genealogy for awhile.  My mother's father held dual citizenship in Sweden and America.  His parents sailed over to the US in the summer of 1890 so he would be born here.  He arrived on 10 September in Hoboken, New Jersey; was christened in the Swedish Lutheran Church there; and the family sailed back to Sweden before the end of the month.  The cost of his passage was the price of a case of condensed milk, purchased by the ship, in case his mother couldn't nurse him...
   Other than being told about Cap'n Walt's parents by my mother, I knew nothing about them.  I was told that my great-grandfather's name was Andreas Johnson, and was called "Black Andy" because his hair never grayed or turned white, and that he was one of six brothers.  I was told that great-grandmother was named Hannah Olson, and that my grandmother used to take the children to visit her, by train, in New York City. After my grandparents' house was sold, my Aunt was cleaning the attic and throwing almost everything away.  One of the things in the "toss pile" was a red velvet-covered photograph album that had belonged to my great-grandmother Hannah.  I rescued it and kept the photos.
   Over the past few years, I have found that my great-grandparents' birth names were Andreas Jonasson and Hanna Marie Olsdotter, and that both were born in Torhamn, Blekinge, Sweden.  I have found their birth dates and their marriage record, and I also found that Andreas was a twin.  He had a twin brother named Olaus, whom my mother never mentioned; and five other brothers, as well.  Perhaps Andreas never mentioned his twin, who, as far as I can tell, stayed in Sweden.  Four of Andreas' brothers came to the United States: one settled in Montana, and the other three stayed in the area of Queens, New York. Those three were employed at the outset by the Fulton Fish Market, and two moved on to other jobs.  But Charles, born Carl in Sweden, was the dock manager for the Fulton Fish Market for over 30 years...  I cannot tell when either of my Swedish great-grandparents died - their are many records of people with those names dying in New York and/or New Jersey - but those records don't include the birth dates of the deceased.  By matching those, I could say definitely when and where they passed away and were buried...
    I was able to find Hanna's parents rather easily - they were born, and passed away in Torhamn - Ola Andersson (8 June 1825 to 22 January 1905) and Maria Olsdotter (10 May 1821 to 2 December 1908).  But Andreas' parents were much more difficult.  I finally found their names through Andreas' brother Charles' marriage license in New York City.  Their names were Jonas Zakrisson (born 15 April 1826 in Jamjo Parish, Blekinge, Sweden and died 12 February 1881 in Torhamn) and Kerstin Andersdotter (born 10 November 1836 and died 10 May 1905). 
   The church records say that Kerstin was born in Torhamn Parish, but I have read through every entry for 1836 in Torhamn Parish, and there is no one of that name born that year.  Illegitimate children are listed in the church records, and she is not there, either.  I have not been able to track her parents down, nor where she was actually born....
   Jonas Zakrisson is, in a way, another enigma.  His mother, Malena Trostersdotter, was the second of eleven children.  I have her parents' names and her paternal grandparents, too.  She was single when she had a daughter in 1806; the child is listed as illegitimate and was named Maria Malenasdotter, but two years later she is listed as Maria Olafsdotter.  In 1810, Malena had a son, Johannes Malenasson.  In 1814, Malena married a widower named Jonas Persson; he brought two children into the family from his deceased wife.  Malena and Jonas and two children: Mans Jonasson born in 1818, and Sissa Jonasdotter born in 1821.  In the 1825 Church Record book, Jonas Persson and his two children with his first wife are listed, but they also have three lines through each of their names... there is no recording of them moving, nor of their deaths,, so what happened is anyone's guess.  But in 1826, Malena gave birth to another illegitimate child - a son named Jonas Malenasson.  But, again, in two years time, Jonas had a different surname - Zakrisson.  But Malena never married anyone named Zakris....   So who was the father?  There were four men named Zakris living in that parish at the time of conception - but it didn't have to be someone who lived there....
   'Tis a mystery.....

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Newest Chincoteague Pony Foals and Up-dated Photos

There are three new foals to report on the Virginia side of Assateague Island...  Bling Bling (registered name Diamond's Bay Dream) and Chief Golden Eagle had a bay filly on 16 May; and two new babies were spotted yesterday - Lorna Dune and Prince of Tides have a palomino pinto, and Friendly Girl (also known as Witch Kraft) and Chief had a chestnut pinto colt.  Friendly Girl is currently the oldest pony on the Virginia end, at 27 years of age; her last foal was in 2016, when she and Wild Thing had a chestnut pinto filly.  Lorna Dune's buy back donor spotted the foal yesterday - but the mare is way out in the middle of the Plover Flats, so close viewing is impossible.  The photos of her foal were taken by  Kathleen Cahall, and belong solely to her.

Foal # 35  - bay filly, out of Bling Bling, by Chief
 These photos are property of DSC Photography

Foal # 36  - palomino pinto, out of Lorna Dune, by Prince of Tides
 These photos are property of Kathleen Cahall

Foal # 37  - chestnut pinto colt, out of Friendly Girl, by Chief
Above photo is property of Captain Dan Davis
 Bottom photo is property of DSC Photography

Foal # 14  - bay pinto filly, out of Tuleta Star, by Wild Thing
Photo property of DSC Photography

Foal # 25  - chestnut pinto colt, out of Chickadee, by Ace
Photo property of DSC Photography

Saturday, May 18, 2019

War of Will Wins Preakness

War of Will, the colt who ran up behind Maximum Security, causing Maximum Security's disqualification in the Kentucky Derby, won the 144th running of the Preakness this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.  Trained by Mark Casse, and ridden (again) by Tyler Gaffalione, the colt broke from the one post, as he did in the Kentucky Derby.  Unlike riding in the previous race, the jockey did not urge the horse to break extremely quickly, and the colt ran well without fighting the jockey as he did in the Derby.
   There was a gaffe in the Preakness, as Bodexpress was behaving badly in the starting gate, and had jockey John Velaquez pinned against the outside wall.  The jockey had removed his feet from the stirrups and the gates-man, inside the stall was holding Bodexpress' bridle when the starter opened the gates.  Bodexpress tried to blast out of the gate, but was checked by the man's hand on his bridle.  He reared, then bucked, sending John Velasquez flying through the air.  The jockey was unhurt, but very disappointed.  The colt ran the entire race, but moved away from the out-riders every time they attempted to catch and restrain him.
   Due to Bodexpress' riderless romp, the Stewards at Pimlico immediately hit the "Inquiry" sign switch as the race ended.  Seeing that Bodexpress had not interfered with any other horses and there were no fouls claimed, the sign was taken down shortly after the race.
   War of Will ran the 1 and 3/16 mile in a time of 1:54.34, and finished 1 and 1/4 lengths ahead of Everfast, who was 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Owendale.  Warrior's Charge was 2 1/2 lengths behind Owendale in fourth, Laughing Fox finished fifth, and the betting favorite at start time, Improbable, finished sixth. Finishing out the order of crossing the finish line (with their jockeys on board) were: 7th Win Win Win; 8th Bourbon War; 9th Signalman; 10th Anothertwistafate; 11th Alwaysmining; and 12th Market King.  Bodexpress was listed as "DNF" since he crossed the line without carrying 126 pounds for the distance.
   The pay-outs for $2 bets were: War of Will - win - $14,20; Everfast - place - $32.00; and Owendale - show - $6.00.   The $2 multi-pick tickets paid: exacta - $947.00; trifecta - $9,389.60; and superfecta - $103,848.80.
     We now wait three weeks for the running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York....

Maximum Security Owner Issues $20 Million Challenge to Rivals

This is a press release from Tom Luicci, who is the Media Liaison for Gary West, owner of Maximum Security

   In an unprecendented move in thoroughbred racing, Gary West is offering up to $20 million of his own money to the owners of Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy, and Bodexpress if any of those horses finish ahead of Maximum Security the next time any of them race against him through 31 December 2019.
   West believes his offer of $5 million apiece to each of those four horses - simply for finishing ahead of Maximum Security - would result in record viewership and would generate worldwide interest.  If all five horses meet in the same race it would potentially create the most lucrative race in the world.
   Gary West, the owner of Maximum Security, the only Kentucky Derby winner to be disqualified due to interference from first place in 125 runnings, said his offer and the results of this "match race within a race" have no bearing and nothing to do with his horse's DQ.  He is willing to stipulate to that publicly, contending that the outcome of the Kentucky Derby is a completely separate issue and event. 
   West's intention with this opportunity and challenge is to generate additional interest in the sport.  There are no restrictions as to the type of race, what racetrack it is held at, or the distance or track surface.  The offer is valid only for the next time Maximum Security meets any of the aforementioned horses in a race, whether it is in the same race, or in four separate races.
   "I am doing this because I think it would be good for racing and a unique opportunity to bring more people into racing because of the elevated interest this would bring to the sport," West said.
   West will give the owners of Country House (the elevated winner of the Kentucky Derby); War of Will (placed 7th after finishing 8th); Bodexpress (placed 13th after finishing 14th); and Long Range Toddy (placed 16th after finishing 17th) $5 million apiece if they finish ahead of Maximum Security the next time they meet in a race.
   No horse has to win the race.  The offer is simply based on the head-to-head result with Maximum Security.
   In return, West is asking the owners of the other four horses to give him $5 million apiece if Maximum Security finishes ahead of their horse in the official chart.   The owners of any or all of the other four horses wishing to participate would be required to put their $5 million in an eacrow account, as West will do immediately for up to $20 million.
   West said if any of the other owners are not as confident in their horses as he is in Maximum Security, he would extend the same terms and conditions for the connections of Country House, War of Will, Bodexpress, and Long Range Toddy to put up $1.86 million instead.  -  That figure is the exact winner's share of the Kentucky Derby.
   West will donate Maximum Security's winnings from this challenge (if any, and up to $20 million) tp the Permanently Disabled Jockey's Fund.  If no owners accept the challenge, West pledges to donate 10 percent of Maximum Security's future lifetime racing earnings to the Permanently Disabled Jockey's Fund.
   "Most experts agree that Maximum Security was the best horse in the Kentucky Derby," West said in issuing his challenge.  "I don't care to discuss the controversy surrounding the events of the race and the disqualification of my horse at this time, but I firmly believe that I have the best 3-year-old in the country and I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is."
   One possible race for the 3-year-olds to converge again is the July 20th Haskell Invtational (G1) at Monmouth Park; but the offer is open to any race at any track the next time Maximum Security faces each of the other four horses.
Maximum Security under the watchful eyes of Thomas the barn cat...

Friday, May 17, 2019

Will the Preakness Stakes Stay at Pimlico?

With tomorrow marking the running of the 144th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, one of the inevitable questions arises:  Will the Preakness Stakes continue to be run at Old Hilltop in Baltimore, Maryland?

   Baltimore is not receiving good press these days, and the local city government has a lot to do with it.  While other cities are growing, Baltimore has lost almost 25% of its' population over the past 20 years or so.  Pimlico Race Course, once one of the foremost thoroughbred race courses in the United States, is now only open for 12 days of racing each year.  The income generated in those 12 days is not enough to meet the up-keep expenditures.  Indeed, structural problems have caused thousands of grandstand seats to be closed for this years' race.  Closing those seats because the structure is unsafe loses more income.

   A recent example of the city of Baltimore's almost hostile approach to property rights relates to the Preakness Stakes itself.  Pimlico Race Course has thrilled racing fans since 1873, but due to very little usage, the grounds and buildings have deteriorated (as in the case of the grandstand), until it seems that Pimlico's useful life as a thoroughbred race track is over. Pimlico's owners have wanted to relocate the Preakness to Laurel Park, the suburban race track in Laurel, Maryland, and Baltimore city officials are grumbling and complaining about the proposed move and the closure of the grandstand.
  Laurel Park currently has 159 days of racing each year.  It is located on a train line between Washington, D. C. and Baltimore.  Attendance at race tracks and revenue at tracks have been declining for several years, as rival entertainment and gambling options have grown exponentially.  Regarding the condition of Pimlico Race Course and its' buildings, the Maryland Stadium Authority has reported that an almost total demolition and rebuilding would be necessary to bring everything up to current building and crowd control standards.  They estimate the cost would be $424 million for the renovations deemed absolutely necessary.
  The owners of Pimlico (51% is owned by the Stronach Group and 49% by Penn National) would be wise in business if they prefer not to pay that cost up front, or even a significant part of it, since they would be operating two competing facilities (yes, they own Laurel, also) in the same area, while facing shrinking revenue.  So the owners have commenced lobbying the state for subsidies to enhance Laurel Park, and Baltimore city officials are fighting them.  The political tug-of-war is interesting to observe.

  Most recently, the city has unsheathed what it considers to be its ultimate weapon: a lawsuit threatening to use eminent domain to seize both Pimlico Race Course and the Preakness Stakes itself in order to keep the second jewel of the Triple Crown with the city limits of Baltimore.  That lawsuit comes on top of a 1987 law asserting that the Preakness may not be legally shifted out of the city of Baltimore except "in case of emergency."
   This seems extremely reminiscent of what happened back in the early-to-mid 1980s, when the city of Baltimore wanted to seize the NFL team, the Baltimore Colts, to prevent them from moving away from town.  Then owner Robert Irsay packed up all of the teams' belongings and moved them to Indianapolis overnight.....
   What will happen to the Preakness Stakes might be just as eye-opening.
The 1978 Preakness (and Triple Crown) winner, Affirmed (#6)
under the confident ride of Steve Cauthen

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lawsuit Filed to Challenge Kentucky Derby Disqualification

This is taken directly from The Bloodhorse website ( today:

Wests Sue to Have Derby Disqualification Overturned
The lawsuit filed May 14 claims a violation of due process
  Written by  Eric Mitchell

  Gary and Mary West are seeking to have the disqualification of Maximum Security in the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) overturned through a lawsuit filed May 14 with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Lexington Division, according to a media statement issued May 15 by the Wests.
  The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the commission's staff, and the stewards at Churchill Downs - Kentucky chief steward Barbara Borden, Brooks "Butch" Becraft, and association steward Tyler Picklesimer - are named as defendants in the lawsuit that refers to the disqualification of Maximum Security from first to 17th as a "bizarre and unconstitutional process."
   "The insubstantuality of the evidence relied on by the stewards to disqualify Maximum Security, and the bizarre and unconstitutional process to which the plaintiffs were subjected before and after the disqualification, are the subjects of this action," the media statement attributes to the lawsuit.
   Other key points raised in the lawsuit are as follows:
 Either during the running of the Derby or after, the stewards could have directed a sign be flashed on the infield board informing the public that an inquiry was being conducted by them to determine whether a foul had been committed.  Having not observed any foul or interference, there was no inquiry by the stewards.
 According to the lawsuit, an objection was first lodged by Flavien Prat, the jockey on Country House, who was declared the winner after the disqualification.  Prat's objection was disallowed as "meritless."  An objection was also lodged by Jon Court, the rider of Long Range Toddy, who finished 17th, and Court's objection was allowed.
 The statement issued by the stewards after the disqualification, according to the lawsuit, said: "We interviewed affected riders" and "determined" that Maximum Security had "drifted out and impacted the progress of Number 1 (War of Will), in turn interfering with the 18 (Long Range Toddy) and 21 (Bodexpress)."
 The Wests' lawsuit notes the stewards said nothing about whether the alleged foul altered the finish of the Derby or otherwise caused any horse to have been denied a better placement in the order of finish.  Bodexpress finished 14th, and neither Tyler Gaffalione (the rider of War of Will) nor War of Will's connections - nor Bodexpress' connections and jockey Chris Landeros - lodged any objection with the stewards.
 According to the lawsuit, neither Gaffalione, the rider of the horse the stewards said was most "affected" by Maximum Security, nor Landeros were interviewed by the stewards..
 "When the stewrads said in their statement that they 'interviewed affected riders,'  they were not truthful because neither Gaffalione nor Landeros was interviewed by the stewards," the lawsuit states.
  The Wests filed the lawsuit after pursuing an appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and having that request denied because the state law does not allow for appeals.  All stewards' findings are considered final.
   "As a result of the disqualification, plaintiffs, the trainer, and the jockey of Maximum Security were denied any part of the $1,860,000 share of the Derby purse as well as a professional accomplishment that any horseman would cherish for life, plus the very substantial value that a Kentucky Derby winner has as a stallion," according to the Wests' statement. "The winner's share of the Derby purse was paid to the connections of Country House, even though Prat's objection was meritless, indeed frivolous.  Country House's connections received approximately $1.26 million more for being elevated to first than they would have received for second."
   Seeking redress from a violation of due process rights, the lawsuit requests "a reversal of the decision disqualifying Maximum Security and reinstatement of the original order of finish confirming that Maximum Security is the official winner of the Derby who remains undefeated."
   The lawsuit also notes the disqualification affected wagers estimated to be worth more than $100 million in winnings.  Within a couple hours after the Derby, the online wagering platform and other Churchill Downs-related companies announced they would reimburse winning wagers on Maximum Security.
   "Which can be viewed as an admission that Churchill itself disagreed with the stewards' decision," the Wests' statement read.  "Those bettors who did not wager through Churchill-related companies were left with no financial recourse, notwithstanding that Churchill received significant revenue from all of the outlets to whom they sent their signal."
   The Wests said they are not involved in any potential class action among bettors and no further comment from the West team will be made on that issue, although they expressed empathy for those people who lost approximately $100 million on their wagers because of the stewards' actions.

*****  End of The Bloodhorse article *****

I am still gob-smacked by the stewards' decision to suspend Luis Saez's riding privileges for 15 days  because of his ride on Maximum Security in the Derby.
The day before his hearing with the stewards - the same three who disqualified Maximum Security, the lawyer for Luis supplied them with a video of the race, which showed slow motion and isolation views of Maximum Security during his alleged interference.  This video clearly shows that War of Will's jockey Tyler Gaffalione tried to split horses - trying to make an opening where there was none - and ran up onto and into the hindquarters of Maximum Security, causing him to (finally) move away from the rail after being struck with hooves and knees.  The next to last strike was, essentially, a knee to the groin.  That caused the colt to swerve out, which Luis Saez attributed to crowd noise, not realizing that War of Will was running on top of his mounts' heels.  The stewards apparently did not look at the video - or, if they did, they decided to keep ins step with their original call on the first Saturday of May.  They ought to be ashamed of themselves.
    If you have not seen the video, which is about 6 minutes long, please visit  the newspaper article at   and watch the video embedded at the top.   I know I'd always want attorney Anna Oldfather on MY side......

 In the meantime, Maximum Security is housed at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, and is training for the Haskell Invitational.  He and his connections welcome visitors at the barn.....