The proprietor of Kentucky Derby winner, Maximum Security, has so much confidence in his horse he has issued a $20 million challenge to a number of rivals.
Gary West is offering $5 million annually to the proprietors of Country House, War Of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if any one of those colts finish ahead of Maximum Security next time they race against him this year.
„Most experts agree that Maximum Security has been the best horse in the Kentucky Derby,“ West said.
„I do not care to explore the controversy surrounding the events of the race and the disqualification of my horse in this moment, however I firmly believe I have the best three-year-old in the nation and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.“
Country House has been the elevated winner of the Kentucky Derby while War Of Will put 7th after completing 8th, Bodexpress went to 13th out of 14th and Long Range Toddy 16th from 17th.
West said his deal 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 path of other horses in the final turn.
The conclusion produced Maximum Security, that was 4-1 favorite, the first winner to be staged to get an on-track infraction in the event’s 145-year history.
He was demoted to 17th.
Based on West’s statement, there are no limitations as to the type of race, location, space or monitor surface, and the deal is only valid for another time Maximum Security races against some of those other horses.
West will donate 100 per cent of Maximum Security’s winnings in the challenge to the Disabled Jockey’s Fund. If no owners take the challenge, West vowed to give 10 per cent of Maximum Security’s future lifetime racing earnings to the organisation.
„I am doing so because I think it would be good for racing along with a unique opportunity to bring more people into racing because of the elevated interest this would bring into the game,“ he explained.

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