The owner of Maximum Security, the horse disqualified at the Kentucky Derby in controversial fashion, has issued a bold new racing challenge.
Gary West, the owner of the Kentucky Derby winner who was disqualified for running out of its lane, is trying to set up what could be the "most lucrative" horse race of all-time.
The Maximum Security owner has issued a $20 million challenge.
West is offering up $5 million each to Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if one (or multiple or all) of those horses can beat Maximum Security in a new race.
The race has to occur before Jan. 1, 2020 for the bet to be valid.
“Most experts agree that Maximum Security was the best horse in the Kentucky Derby,” West said in a statement released on Friday. “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.”
Maximum Security did not run at Saturday's Preakness Stakes. It's unclear if the horse will run at The Belmont later this summer.
It seems unlikely that this $20 million race will happen, but we'd certainly like to watch it.