Looks like he’s putting his money where his mouth is.  

In a statement released over the weekend, Maximum Security’s owner Gary West issued a $20 million challenge to four Kentucky Derby rivals:

If Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy, or Bodexpress can beat Maximum Security in any race before January 1, 2020, he’ll pay the owner of that horse $5 million of his own money.

There’s a catch, though. If one of the other owners takes West up on his challenge, they’ll have to wager $5 million of their own money to pay West if Maximum Security beats their horse.

In the statement West released about the challenge, he said that this contest has nothing to do with the Kentucky Derby disqualification of Maximum Security, but is instead about his belief in his horse’s athletic ability. 

Via the Louisville Courier Journal:

“Most experts agree that Maximum Security was the best horse in the Kentucky Derby. 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.”

Clearly he’s still very much butthurt.  

To say it’s not about the disqualification is laughable.  

I highly doubt anyone will take him up on his offer, but that would be a race to watch if someone did.  

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