The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Maximum Insecurity

It’s been a difficult 15 months for horse owners Gary and Mary West.

First, they literally had the roses yanked from their clutch when their homebred colt Maximum Security became the first Kentucky Derby winner to be disqualified by the stewards for interference in the 2019 running of America’s most famous horse race.

Then, this past March, just a little over a week after Maximum Security won the inaugural running of the $20-million Saudi Cup – billed as the world’s richest horse race – the colt’s trainer, Jason Servis, was among those indicted on federal charges stemming from an FBI probe into racehorse doping.

Prize money was held up by the Saudi Arabia Jockey Club until this past week, when officials said all but the winner’s share of the purse was being paid out. Gary West did not take kindly to that decision, issuing a statement on behalf of himself and his partners from Coolmore Stud saying that both Maximum Security and the race itself have been tarnished by what he described as “unheard of delays” and “bizarre circumstances,” adding that the “entire process has been unfair.”

In this week’s edition of the Friday Show, Ray Paulick and editor-in-chief Natalie Voss discuss the Maximum Security case and the impact the federal prosecution of Jason Servis could have on this and other races and/or awards won by Maximum Security in 2019, including the Eclipse Award as outstanding 3-year-old male. They also review the latest plans by Churchill Downs to limit Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby attendance to a maximum of 23,000 in the wake of announcements by other major sporting events that no spectators will be permitted.

Watch the Friday Show below.

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