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Maximum Security’s owner wants a rematch, puts $5 million on the line

The drama from the 145th Kentucky Derby just keeps on coming.

After having his KHRC appeal denied, Maximum Security’s co-owner Gary West is now taking matters into his own hands, offering up $5 million if any of his horse’s rivals can take down the would-be Derby winner.

West is extending the offer to Long Range Toddy, War of Will, Bodexpress and Derby winner Country House, bringing the total to $20 million. The horses don’t even need to win to collect the money — they just need to beat Maximum Security before the end of the year.

“Most experts agree that Maximum Security was the best horse in the Kentucky Derby,” West said in a statement. “I don’t care to discuss the controversy surrounding the events of the race and the disqualification of my horse at this time, but I firmly believe I have the best 3-year-old in the country and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.”

[CBS News]

West’s offer isn’t one sided; he expects the other owners to match his wager, with his potential winnings to be donated to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. With War of Will taking the Preakness yesterday, a bonus competition could make for quite the spectacle at the Belmont.

So what’ll it be, owners? Time to “pony” up?

…sorry.

@JayWinkKSR

Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

6 Comments for Maximum Security’s owner wants a rematch, puts $5 million on the line



  1. Smyrna_Cat
    4:54 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

    Well, he is certainly able to make that wager. I am curious why the offer for just those 4 horses? If another horse wins the Belmont, should that horse be included?



    • dcforuk
      6:51 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

      If that happens, he should do that. Curious to hear if that horse will run in the Derby



    • dcforuk
      6:51 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

      Belmont I mean



    • StillBP
      7:00 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

      Because those are the ones who were supposedly immediately affected by Maximum’s shift



  2. UKfanman01
    5:28 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

    Or he could save money and send me 2.5 mil.



  3. unbridled
    8:07 am May 20, 2019 Permalink

    Not a chance this happens and he knows it. He’s just wanting to get some coverage. He just needs to face the fact that he needs to find a rider that can control his horse.