Exactly. Listening to the press conference, the winning trainer Bill Mott (a veteran horseman) was happy to take the win, but at least he was a bit sheepish about how it happened, no matter how proud he is of his horse. Country House is an okay horse, but he would not have won that race, and he was hardly affected by what happened to the other horses.@Vagabond If there is interference, isn’t a consideration of whether the finish would have been different supposed to be part of the decision-making process? And if it’s not clear, then the results should stand? I agree MS interfered, but I don’t think it means MS would not still have won.
However, scratch my earlier suggestion of fining the jockey, Saez. Mott feels that it was the relative inexperience of the horse, Maximum Security, which caused the impeding. Mott believes that MS moved out on his own, perhaps bothered by something during the race, but that it was not jockey, Saez' fault. It would make sense to hear what Saez and some of the other jockeys think about the race.
ETA: Country House's owners seem pretty well-heeled, but hopefully none of that played a part in the stewards' decision. Still, ITA @sk8pics that consideration of the finish being much different should play a role in the decision-making. I still think MS would have won without the weaving, but a couple of the horses he impeded may have gotten closer at the finish line. Country House most likely would not have landed in second, but more like fourth.