The owner of Maximum Security, the horse controversially disqualified at the Kentucky Derby over the weekend, has made a big new announcement.
Maximum Security, the favorite coming into Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, will not be running at The Preakness.
Gary West, the horse’s owner, made the announcement during an appearance on Today.
“No, we’re not going to run in the Preakness,” West said. “There’s no Triple Crown on the line for us and there’s no reason to run a horse back in two weeks when you don’t have to.”
JUST IN: Maximum Security’s owner Gary West tells @TODAYshow he won’t run horse in Preakness. West is worth $1.1 billion, so Preakness money and a further loss in horse’s stud fees is immaterial pic.twitter.com/Gq0lHVWDdC
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Maximum Security was disqualified from the Kentucky Derby after finishing the race in first place. He was determined to have gotten out of his racing lane, impeding the progress of another horse.
Country House, a massive underdog, was then made the winner.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 6, 2019
West added that the Kentucky Derby has too large of a field, which makes it easier for things like this to happen. The horse’s owner said that Churchill Downs, which hosts the Kentucky Derby, is a “greedy organization.”
The Preakness is set for Saturday, May 18.