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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?



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.