The proprietor of disqualified Kentucky Derby winner, Maximum Security, has so much confidence in his horse he’s issued a $20 million challenge to several competitions.
Gary West is offering $5 million annually to the owners of Country House, War Of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if some one of those colts finish before Maximum Security next time they race against him this season.
„Most experts concur that Maximum Security has been the best horse in the Kentucky Derby,“ West explained.
„I do not care to explore the controversy surrounding the events of this race along with the disqualification of my horse at this time, but I firmly believe I have the very best three-year-old in the country and I’m eager to put my money where my mouth is.“
Country House was the raised winner of the Kentucky Derby while War Of Will put 7th after completing 8th, Bodexpress went to 13th from 14th and Extended Range Toddy 16th out of 17th.
West said his offer had nothing to do with what occurred in the Kentucky Derby on May 4 in which Maximum Security was disqualified after stewards agreed he interfered with the route of other horses at the final turn.
The decision produced Maximum Security, who was 4-1 favourite, the first winner to be staged to get an on-track infraction from the case of 145-year history.
He had been demoted to 17th.
Based on West’s statement, there are no limitations regarding the type of race, location, distance or track surface, and the deal is only valid for another time Maximum Security races against some of those other horses.
West will contribute 100 per cent of Maximum Security’s winnings in the struggle to the Disabled Jockey’s Fund. If no owners accept the challenge, West pledged to give 10 per cent of Maximum Security’s future lifetime racing earnings to the business enterprise.
„I am doing so because I think that it would be good for racing along with a unique opportunity to bring more people into racing because of the elevated interest that could bring to the sport,“ he said.

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