The proprietor of disqualified Kentucky Derby winner, Maximum Security, has a lot of confidence in his horse he has issued a $20 million challenge to a number of competitions.
Gary West is offering $5 million each to the owners of Country House, War Of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if some one of these colts finish ahead of Maximum Security next time they race against him this year.
„Most experts concur that Maximum Security has been the best horse at the Kentucky Derby,“ West said.
„I don’t care to discuss the controversy surrounding the events of the race along with the disqualification of my horse at this moment, but I firmly believe I have the very best three-year-old in the nation 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 placed 7th after finishing 8th, Bodexpress moved to 13th from 14th and Extended Range Toddy 16th from 17th.
West said his deal had nothing to do with what happened in the Kentucky Derby on May 4 where Maximum Security was disqualified after stewards consented he interfered with the route of different horses at the final turn.
The decision made Maximum Security, that had been 4-1 favourite, the first winner to be disqualified for an on-track infraction in the case of 145-year history.
He was demoted to 17th.
Based on West’s statement, there are no restrictions regarding the sort of race, place, space or track surface, and the deal is only valid for another time Maximum Security races against any of those other horses.
West will donate 100 per cent of Maximum Security’s winnings in the challenge to the Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund. If no owners take the struggle, West vowed to give 10 per cent of Maximum Security’s future life racing earnings to the business enterprise.
„I’m doing so because I think it would be good for racing along with a exceptional opportunity to bring more folks into racing due to the elevated interest this could bring into the game,“ he explained.