Maximum Security owner Gary West appeared on the Monday edition of The Today Show to give his thoughts on the weekend's highly controversial disqualification of his horse in the Kentucky Derby. West again aired frustrations vented earlier this week that he had not been able to get a meeting with stewards over the weekend to review film and discuss their procedures Saturday, and also blamed traffic trouble on the size of the Kentucky Derby field.
“I obviously saw the horse move out but in the Kentucky Derby where you've got 20 horses … and you shouldn't have 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs, because they're a greedy organization, has rather than 14 like you have in the Kentucky Oaks, the Breeders' Cup, every other race in America, just because they can make more money they're willing to risk horses' lives and peoples' lives to do that,” said West. “I'm not a fan of that.
“But yes I saw the horse move out but every Kentucky Derby you could set down two or three or four horses because it's like a rodeo out there.”
West also cited the lack of a stewards' inquiry into this situation as part of his confusion over the officials' decision.
'I was a bit shocked and surprised that the stewards wrote a statement that was probably prepared by their lawyers and refused, literally refused to take a single question from the media, so they've been about as non-transparent about this thing as anything I've seen in my life,” he said.
West reiterated his declaration yesterday that he will not take Maximum Security to the Preakness.
See the video at The Today Show
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