Maximum Security finished first in the Kentucky Derby this month, then got disqualified for interfering with another horse. And it was a huge controversy. But his owner still thinks he's the best. And he's willing to wager a LOT of money on it.
Owner Gary West wants a rematch, or something close to it. So he just threw down the gauntlet for FOUR other Derby contenders . . . to the tune of $20 MILLION.
He says if any of them beat Maximum Security in ANY race by the end of the year, he's willing to fork over $5 million. And they don't even have to win the race. They just have to finish ahead of Maximum Security.
But if any of their owners take the bet and lose, he wants them to pay HIM $5 million, which he'd then donate to charity. It's not clear if any of the other owners like their chances enough to take him up on it, but the four horses he's challenging are. . .
Country House, who won the Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security got DQ'd . . .Long Range Toddy . . . War of Will, who just won the Preakness on Saturday . . . and Bodexpress, the horse that at the start of the Preakness and ran without him. (Pronounced Bow-dee Express.)
He probably chose those four because Country House was the new winner, and the other three were the ones Maximum Security was found to have interfered with.
Maximum Security didn't run in the Preakness, because his owner is still bitter about the Derby ruling. And Country House didn't run either, because he came down with a cough.