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Maximum accuracy in AP coverage of Derby winner

Sports writers Gary Graves, Lexington, Kentucky, and Beth Harris, Los Angeles, with editor Becky Harris in New York, for making AP the only major news outlet that did not have to issue a text correction following the chaos at the 2019 Kentucky Derby. The AP always sends an alert on what horse crosses the finish line first to provide breaking news to members and customers, but we never declare a winner until the race results become official. That longstanding practice paid off when Maximum Security was disqualified after this year’s race.

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