Yesterday, Maximum Security’s co-owner Gary West offered $5 million to War of Will, Long Range Toddy, Country House, and Bodexpress for a rematch of the Kentucky Derby, but it won’t happen at the Belmont.
West said Maximum Security, who was disqualified from the Derby and skipped the Preakness, will not run in the Belmont Stakes on June 8. Country House, who was declared the winner of the Derby, won’t run either due to a cough he developed after the race. War of Will, who won the Preakness on Saturday, will run. Still no word on Bodexpress, who became a social media phenomenon after throwing his jockey at the start of the Preakness and finishing the race on his own.
So, it won’t be at the Belmont, but this rematch needs to happen. It’s been a rough year for horse racing, so the sport could use it.