Maximum Security's Owner Gary West Proposes $5 Million Wager to Other Kentucky Derby Horses After DQ

David Hayes
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It turns out two weeks isn't nearly enough time to get over a potential Kentucky Derby win being taken away because your horse was disqualified from the race.

After a controversial ruling cost Maximum Security its first-place finish in the Kentucky Derby earlier this month, the horse's co-owner, Gary West, is clearly still bitter about the results.

So much so that West has offered to wager $5 million against the owners of four of the other horses who raced at the Kentucky Derby, including the official 2019 Kentucky Derby Winner, Country House, War of Will, Bodexpress and Long Range Toddy. The horses that West said he would accept a $5 million bet from were those impacted by Maximum Security when he veered away from the rail at the top of the stretch in the Derby. Those horse's owners would have to agree to the $5 million bet prior to the race.

If the $5 million is too much for the other owners, West also offered to lower the wager to $1.86 million, which is the same amount of purse money he lost out on as a result of Maximum Security's disqualification. West went on to note that he would donate any earnings from the head-to-head bets to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund.

So if this wager were accepted, it's really a win-win for all involved.


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