Maximum Security Owner Offers Up $20 Million For Kentucky Derby Rematch

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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Luis Saez aboard Maximum Security (7) at the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.

  • Maximum Security's disqualification at the Kentucky Derby is still reverberating around the horse racing world after two weeks.
  • The horse's owner, Gary West, is now betting his horse would beat four other Derby contenders in a rematch.

Gary West, the owner of Maximum Security, has a new strategy to circumvent the horse racing community that he feels let him down.

He’s going to compete against them

West, in a statement provided to the media on Friday, said he would put up $20 million for a race against the three other horses that were impacted in the Kentucky Derby that resulted in Maximum Security getting taken off the board after initially winning the race, plus the eventual winner.

The horses that were said to be impacted from the claimed foul are War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress. The disqualification moved Country House from second to first.

“If all five horses meet in the same race, it would potentially create the most lucrative race in the world,” the statement said.

West, who isn’t running Maximum Security in the Preakness on Saturday, said he would would pay $5 million each to any horse that could beat Maximum Security. The offer will remain valid until Dec. 31, 2019, the statement said.

West sued the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission asking for a US District Court to restore the horse’s $1.86 million Derby win.

West and his wife Mary sold their stake in their company for $1.45 billion in 2006.