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Kentucky Derby: The owner of Maximum Security challenges $ 20 million to competitors



Maximum security first passes through the post at the Kentucky Derby

Owner & # 39; winner & # 39; The disqualified Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security, has issued an extraordinary $ 20 million (£ 15.7 million) challenge to its competitors.

Gary West each offered $ 5 million (£ 3.9 million) to owners of the Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if one of the horses was finished in front of his horse the next time they raced against him in the year this.

"Most experts agree that Maximum Security is the best horse in the Kentucky Derby," West said in issuing the challenge.

"I don't care to discuss the controversy surrounding my current race and disqualification event, but I'm sure I have the best three-year-old child in this country and I'm willing to put the money where my mouth is."

Maximum Security turns out of line at the last turn and blocks Toddy's War of Will and Long Range, encouraging the waiter to lower the first winner to 17th position.

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

If Maximum Security loses the rematch, West says he will pay, but his rival must stop if his horse wins.

West said his offer had nothing to do with what happened to his horse in the Kentucky Derby, where Maximum Security was disqualified after the waiter agreed he interrupted the other horses' lane at the last turn before stretching the house.

Maximum Security, a 4-1 favorite at Churchill Downs, was the first winner to be disqualified due to an on-track incident in the 145-year history of the event.

According to West's statement, there is no limit to the type of race, location, distance or track surface, and this offer is only valid for the next time Maximum Security competes against other horses.

West will contribute one of the Maximum Security wins from the challenge to the Permanent Disabled Jock Fund. If no owner accepts the challenge, he has promised to provide 10% of Maximum Security's racing income in the future to the organization.

"I do this because I think it will be good for racing and a unique opportunity to bring more people to racing because this increased interest will lead to sports," he said.

United States President Donald Trump is among those who criticize disqualification.

"Only in these days can political truth be reversed. The best horse DOES NOT win the Kentucky Derby – not even close," Trump said in twitter