Kentucky Derby: Maximum Security's owner issues $20m challenge to rivals

Most Safety used to be first previous the publish within the Kentucky Derby

The landlord of disqualified Kentucky Derby ‘winner’ Most Safety has issued an bizarre $20m (£15.7m) problem to his opponents.

Gary West is providing $5m (£three.9m) every to the homeowners of Nation Area, Struggle of Will, Lengthy Vary Toddy and Bodexpress if any of the ones horses end forward of his colt the following time they race in opposition to him this 12 months.

“Most mavens agree that Most Safety used to be the most productive horse within the Kentucky Derby,” West stated in issuing his problem.

“I do not care to talk about the talk surrounding the occasions of the race and the disqualification of my horse presently, however I firmly imagine I’ve the most productive three-year-old within the nation and I am prepared to place my cash the place my mouth is.”

Most Safety veered out of line at the ultimate flip and impeded Struggle of Will and Lengthy Vary Toddy, prompting stewards to demote the preliminary victor to 17th position.

Nation Area, a 65-1 outsider, used to be promoted to winner of the $3m (£2.2m) race which used to be watched through through a crowd of 150,000.

If Most Safety loses any rematch, West stated he would pay out, however his opponents must stump up if his horse triumphs.

West stated his be offering had not anything to do with what took place to his horse within the Kentucky Derby, the place Most Safety used to be disqualified after stewards agreed he interfered with the trail of alternative horses within the ultimate flip sooner than the house stretch.

Most Safety, the Four-1 favorite at Churchill Downs, used to be the primary winner to be disqualified for an on-track incident within the tournament’s 145-year historical past.

Consistent with West’s commentary, there aren’t any restrictions as to the kind of race, location, distance or song floor, and the be offering is best legitimate for the following time Most Safety races in opposition to any of the opposite horses.

West would donate any of Most Safety’s winnings from the problem to the Completely Disabled Jockeys’ Fund. If no homeowners settle for the problem, he has pledged to offer 10% of Most Safety’s long term lifetime racing profits to the organisation.

“I’m doing this as a result of I feel it might be just right for racing and a novel alternative to deliver extra folks into racing as a result of the increased hobby this might deliver to the game,” he stated.

United States president Donald Trump used to be amongst the ones to criticise the disqualification.

“Handiest in in this day and age of political correctness may just such an overturn happen. The most productive horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby – no longer even shut,” stated Trump on Twitter