Maximum Security, a leading candidate for an Eclipse Award for outstanding 3-year-old male of 2019, will be co-owned by Coolmore when he makes his next start. Daily Racing Form's David Grening reports that Gary West, who bred and co-owns the son of the Street Cry stallion New Year's Day with wife Mary, has sold a half interest in the colt's racing and breeding rights to the Ireland-based outfit. Upon retirement, Maximum Security will stand at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky.
West texted confirmation of the sale to Grening and said no further announcements will be made “until Maximum Security is retired.” No price was disclosed.
Winner of 7-of-9 starts, Maximum Security may be best known for a race he didn't officially win – the 2019 Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, in which he finished first by 1 3/4 lengths but was disqualified and placed 17th for alleged interference. The Wests have sued the stewards and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in an attempt to overturn the disqualification, the first time a Kentucky Derby winner has been taken down for an in-race infraction.
Trained by Jason Servis, Maximum Security came into the Kentucky Derby undefeated in four starts: a $16,000 maiden claiming race, two starter optional claiming races, and the G1 Florida Derby, all at Gulfstream Park.
Following his Derby DQ, Maximum Security did not return to the races until mid-June, finishing second in the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park, then winning the July 20 G1 Haskell Invitational at the track on the Jersey Shore.
After a bout with colic, Maximum Security was brought back slowly by Servis, winning the G3 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park on Oct. 26, then completed his year with a victory over G1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Spun to Run in the G1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Dec. 7. The latter two wins were against older horses.
Maximum Security is currently stabled at Palm Meadows training center in Florida with the new $20-million Saudi Cup in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 29 his primary early season target. He is expected to race through his 4-year-old season in 2020.
Maximum Security is from the second crop by New Year's Day, who won 2-of-3 races in an abbreviated career for the Wests and trainer Bob Baffert, including the 2013 G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He was retired to Hill 'n' Dale Farm to stand for an initial stud fee of $12,500 in 2014. Sold to a Brazilian farm in January 2019 shortly after Maximum Security's career debit, New Year's Day was then re-sold to Japanese intererests later in the year after the colt's Grade 1 successes. He will stand at Japan's leading stallion station, Shadai, in 2020.
Lil Indy, a mare by the A.P. Indy stallion Anasheed, is the dam of Maximum Security. Purchased by the Wests for $80,000 at the 2014 Keeneland January Sale (in foal to Pioneerof the Nile), she was entered in the 2018 Keeneland November Sale (one month before Maximum Security's career debut) while carrying a full sister to Maximum Security and purchased by Korean interests for $11,000.
SF Bloodstock then bought Lil Indy privately after Maximum Security won the Florida Derby and brought her back to the U.S. She sold for $1,850,000 million, in foal to Quality Road, to Summer Wind Equine at the 2019 Keeneland November Sale.
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