Amazingly, Abel Lozcano managed to stay on the horse and in the race by holding tight to the horse’s neck.
Jason Servis, who trained Maximum Security, pleaded guilty to a role in a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.
“What has happened at our track is deeply upsetting and absolutely unacceptable,” the track's CEO admitted.
A string of horse deaths have cast a gloomy cloud over the famed race this year.
Churchill Downs said it has suspended Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert following the postrace drug test that has put his horse's win in jeopardy.
The unidentified man received $20,000 to settle a claim he was cheated when the winning horse tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
The colt, named after coronavirus task force expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, took on the neigh-sayers for opening day.
The Kentucky Turtle Derby will feature thoroughbreds like Sir-Hides-A-Bunch, American Toruga and Galapa-GO! in the field.
Famed trainer Jason Servis is among those accused of doping his horses, including Maximum Security, who briefly won last year’s Kentucky Derby.
Dozens of racehorses died at the southern California racetrack in 2019, drawing scrutiny from government officials and animal rights activists.