Kentucky Derby: Maximum Securitys owner issues $20m challenge to rivals – BBC Sport

Kentucky Derby: Maximum Security\s owner issues $20m challenge to rivals - BBC Sport

Maximum Security Owner Gary West Throws Down $20 Million Challenge

The owner of disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security has issued an extraordinary $20m (£15.7m) challenge to his rivals.

Gary West is offering $5m (£3.9m) each to the owners of Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if any of those horses finish ahead of his colt the next time they race against him this year.

“Most experts agree that Maximum Security was the best horse in the Kentucky Derby,” West said in issuing his challenge.

Most experts agree that Maximum Security was the best horse in the Kentucky Derby, West said in issuing his challenge. I dont 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 Im willing to put my money where my mouth is.

“I dont 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 three-year-old in the country and Im willing to put my money where my mouth is.”

West will give the owners of Country House (the elevated winner of the Kentucky Derby); War of Will (placed 7th after finishing 8th); Bodexpress (placed 13th after finishing 14th) and Long Range Toddy (placed 16th after finishing 17th) $5 million apiece if they finish ahead of Maximum Security the next time they meet in a race.

Maximum Security veered out of line on the final turn and impeded War of Will and Long Range Toddy, prompting stewards to demote the initial victor to 17th place.

In an unprecedented move in thoroughbred racing, Gary West is offering up $20 million of his own money to the owners of Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if any of those horses finish ahead of Maximum Security the next time any of them race against him through Dec. 31, 2019.

Country House, a 65-1 outsider, was promoted to winner of the $3m (£2.2m) race which was watched by by a crowd of 150,000.

If Maximum Security loses any rematch, West said he would pay out, but his rivals would have to stump up if his horse triumphs.

West said his offer had nothing to do with what happened to his horse in the Kentucky Derby, where Maximum Security was disqualified after stewards agreed he interfered with the path of other horses in the final turn before the home stretch.

Maximum Security, the 4-1 favourite at Churchill Downs, was the first winner to be disqualified for an on-track incident in the events 145-year history.

The owners of any or all of the other four horses wishing to participate would be required to put their $5 million in an escrow account, as West will do immediately for up to $20 million.

According to Wests statement, there are no restrictions as to the type of race, location, distance or track surface, and the offer is only valid for the next time Maximum Security races against any of the other horses.

West would donate any of Maximum Securitys winnings from the challenge to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. If no owners accept the challenge, he has pledged to give 10% of Maximum Securitys future lifetime racing earnings to the organisation.

The offer is valid only for the next time Maximum Security meets any of the aforementioned horses in a race, whether it is in the same race or in four separate races.

“I am doing this because I think it would be good for racing and a unique opportunity to bring more people into racing because of the elevated interest this would bring to the sport,” he said.

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West will donate Maximum Securitys winnings from this challenge (if any, and up to $20 million) to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

West believes his offer of $5 million apiece to each of those four horses – simply for finishing ahead of Maximum Security – would result in record viewership and would generate worldwide interest.

If all five horses meet in the same race it would potentially create the most lucrative race in the world.

West, the owner of Maximum Security, the only horse to be disqualified from first place in 145 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, said his offer and the results of this match race within a race have no bearing and nothing to do with his horses disqualification in the Kentucky Derby. He is willing to stipulate to that publicly, contending that the outcome of the Kentucky Derby is a completely separate issue and event.

Naturally, the race would have to run this year while the horses are still colts, so the window is tight. Thats another reason that this is unlikely, but Country House being pulled from the Preakness Stakes doesnt help the odds any.

Wests intention with this opportunity and challenge is simply to generate additional interest in the sport.

The four horses in question are Long Range Toddy, War of Will, Bodexpress and Derby winner Country House. The logistics, of course, are incredibly difficult to figure out, but West thinks that the potential profit makes it worthwhile.

There are no restrictions as to the type of race, what racetrack it is held at or the distance or track surface.

Maximum Security owner Gary West is offering $20 million for a Derby rematch of sorts. Wild. pic.twitter.com/Xkbaxonacx

The offer is valid only for the next time Maximum Security meets any of the aforementioned horses in a race, whether it is in the same race or in four separate races.

I am doing this because I think it would be good for racing and a unique opportunity to bring more people into racing because of the elevated interest this would bring to the sport, West said.

West will give the owners of Country House (the elevated winner of the Kentucky Derby); War of Will (placed 7th after finishing 8th); Bodexpress (placed 13th after finishing 14th) and Long Range Toddy (placed 16th after finishing 17th) $5 million apiece if they finish ahead of Maximum Security the next time they meet in a race.

No horse has to win the race; the offer is simply based on the head-to-head result with Maximum Security.

In return, West is asking the owners of the other four horses to give him $5 million apiece if Maximum Security finishes ahead of their horse in the official chart.

The owners of any or all of the other four horses wishing to participate would be required to put their $5 million in an escrow account, as West will do immediately for up to $20 million.

West will donate 100 percent Maximum Securitys winnings from this challenge (if any, and up to $20 million) to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

If no owners accept the challenge, West pledges to donate 10 percent of Maximum Securitys future lifetime racing earnings to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Most experts agree that Maximum Security was the best horse in the Kentucky Derby, West said in issuing his challenge. I dont 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 Im willing to put my money where my mouth is.

One possible race for the 3-year-olds to converge again is the July 20 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, but the offer is open to any race at any track the next time Maximum Security faces each of the other four horses.

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