History was made on Saturday at the Kentucky Derby as the winning horse “has been disqualified,” according to the Associated Press.

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Minutes after Maximum Security crossed the finish line at Churchhill Downs and became the 145th winner, the horse’s victory became “uncertain,” the AP reported.

Flavien Prat, the jockey of Country House, filed a rider’s objection claiming that Maximum Security veered out of his path in the final turn, and it was upheld following a lengthy review, ESPN reported.

“As far as the win goes, it’s bittersweet. I’d be lying if I said it were any different,” said Prat during a press conference where he admitted to filing the “foul.”

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Jockey Flavien Prat celebrates after the Kentucky Derby aboard Country House at Churchill Downs, May 4, 2019 in Louisville, Ky.

Prat claimed that Maximum Security ducked out in the final turn and forced several horses to steady. War of Will came perilously close to clipping heels with Maximum Security, which could have caused a chain-reaction accident, the AP reported.

“You always want to win with a clean trip and have everybody recognize the horse as the very good horse and great athlete that he is. I think due to the disqualification some of that is diminished,” said Prat.

PHOTO: Luis Saez rides Maximum Security across the finish line first followed by Flavien Prat on Country House during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.Charlie Riedel/AP
Luis Saez rides Maximum Security across the finish line first followed by Flavien Prat on Country House during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.

Within an instant, Maximum Security’s title was revoked making Prat’s horse the winner.

PHOTO: Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, right, across the finish line first as Flavien Prat on Country House comes in behind, center, during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Matt Slocum/AP
Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, right, across the finish line first as Flavien Prat on Country House comes in behind, center, during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.

“Country House, second across the finish line, wins the Kentucky Derby,” the AP posted on their Twitter account.

There was another disqualification in the Kentucky Derby history, but not for an on-the-track violation.

In 1968, Dancer’s Image, the first-place finisher, tested positive for a prohibited medication, and Kentucky state racing officials ordered the purse money to be redistributed, according to the AP. Forward Pass got the winner’s share. A subsequent court challenge upheld the stewards’ decision.

PHOTO: Jockey Flavien Prat celebrates atop of Country House after winning the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, May 4, 2019 in Louisville, Ky.Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Jockey Flavien Prat celebrates atop of Country House after winning the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, May 4, 2019 in Louisville, Ky.
PHOTO: Flavien Prat rides Country House to the finish line during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified following a review by race stewards.Matt Slocum/AP
Flavien Prat rides Country House to the finish line during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified following a review by race stewards.
PHOTO: From left, Country House, War of Will, Maximum Security and Code of Honor fight for position in the final turn during the Kentucky Derby, May 4, 2019 in Louisville, Ky. Andy Lyons/Getty Images
From left, Country House, War of Will, Maximum Security and Code of Honor fight for position in the final turn during the Kentucky Derby, May 4, 2019 in Louisville, Ky.

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