- Maximum Security is returning to compete in the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes
- Security favored for the race
- More big races taking places over the weekend
Maximum Security’s blood work has shown that the horse is able to race and it will be returning back for the Pegasus Stakes.
Maximum Security Back in the Races
Maximum Security, the would-have-been winner of the Kentucky Derby in April, is heading back for the races.
The colt was signed up on Thursday, June 13, to participate in the $150,000 Pegasus Stake at Monmouth Park on Sunday. The 3-year-old colt is all ready for another race, estimates trainer Jason Seryis. Here is what he had to say on the occasion: “The horse had a really good day today and I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t run.”
Maximum Security will start from No. 2 post position and is heavily favored by sportsbooks to clinch the victory on Sunday with 1-2 in the colt’s favor. Luis Saez will be back on the saddle.
Meanwhile, Todd Pletcher is entering two colts which will pose a serious challenge to Maximum Security’s chance of clinching the title in the Pegasus Stakes. Maximum will have to face both King for a Day ridden by Joe Bravo in No. 3 post position.
Last Judgment will have the inside post, but no jockey has been announced as of yet. Judgment is listed at odds of 6-1.
The field of competitors is only growing with more serious names entering the event, with the following participants contesting the title:
- Identifier – Paco Lopez, 6-1
- Direct Order – Nik Juarez, 12-1
- Caladan – Jeremy Rose, 15-1
Security’s Impeccable Record and Challenging Kentucky Derbies
While Servis wasn’t entirely sure if Maximum Security is ready for another bout, blood work showed that the colt was in good form. He added:
“Maybe I was over-reading things a little too much, trying to be overly cautious. He’s acting really good and training good and his blood work came back good.”
Maximum Security is definitely a prime colt. Security managed to clinch five first places in all of its five starts. Even though the colt managed to race to victory in the Kentucky Derby Stakes, a unanimous decision disqualified the horse after it was established that Maximum had blocked the path of other jockeys.
This was the first time in the history of the race when a first-time finisher had been disqualified for interference. Gary and Mary West, the owners of Maximum Security, threatened and filed a lawsuit, but the case was dropped.