Derby Echo? Two Years Later, Judge Changes Result Of Canadian Graded Stakes Race

Two years after the running of the 2017 G3 Canadian Derby, an Alberta judge issued a ruling which has officially altered the results of the race. According to, Justice J.M. Ross ruled this week that Double Bear is now the official winner of the Northlands Park contest, though Equibase has not changed the results online.

The horse who crossed the wire first in the Canadian Derby was Chief Know-It-All, but both the trainer and the rider of Double Bear filed objections for interference. Stewards disallowed the objections at the time, and Chief Know-It-All was the winner on the day with Double Bear dead-heating for second with Trooper John.

In July of 2018, a provincial appeal tribunal reversed the stewards’ decision and disqualified Chief Know-It-All to third, making Double Bear and Trooper John the joint winners. Justice Ross ruled, however, that Chief Know-It-All should only have been placed behind the horse he interfered with, so the new order of finish places Double Bear first, Chief Know-It-All second, and Trooper John third.

Northlands Park is now closed down, but the judge’s two-year delayed ruling begs the question: Is such a delayed outcome a possibility for the lawsuit filed by owners of Maximum Security, the historically disqualified first-place finisher in the 2019 Kentucky Derby?

“There’s plenty of opportunity for review and appeal of sports events, but any sort of overturn on appeal carries backlash, and that backlash grows (and the overturns get fewer) as you move away from the date of the event,” wrote author Andrew Bucholtz. “A judge overruling the disqualification of Maximum Security feels like a long shot at this point; that took place so long ago at this point, and you can bet that books won’t want anything meaning they might have to pay out those who bet on Maximum Security as well.”


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