Career Best 111 Beyer Speed Figure For Maximum Security In Cigar Mile; Pegasus Next?

by | 12.08.2019 | 2:06pm
Gary West, with Jason Servis (left) leads Maximum Security and Luis Saez into the Aqueduct winner's circle following the G1 Cigar Mile

Gary and Mary West's Maximum Security was a little bit tired but no worse for the wear on Sunday morning after earning his third Grade 1 victory of the season in the $750,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y.

The 3-year-old son of New Year's Day trained by Jason Servis bolstered his bid for Champion 3-Year-Old with the wire-to-wire win, which garnered a career-best 111 Beyer Speed Figure. After breaking sharply under jockey Luis Saez, Maximum Security set swift opening fractions with Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile victor Spun to Run pressing the pace while a close second. At the top of the stretch, Maximum Security shook away to a 3 ½-lenth victory.

A winner of the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, Maximum Security crossed the wire first in seven of eight starts this season, including the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby where he was subsequently disqualified to 17th for interference around the far turn.

“He looks good. He's just a little tired,” said assistant trainer Henry Argueta.

Plans call for a possible start in the Grade 1, $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on January 25 at Gulfstream Park. Maximum Security's first four career starts, including a maiden claiming score for a thrifty $16,000 tag, took place at the Hallandale Beach oval. All were victories.

He will now likely ship to Servis' primary winter stable at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida on Tuesday.

“I would have to think about it. He's undefeated, four for four at Gulfstream,” Servis said. “We'll probably give him two or three days and if the weather looks good temperature wise, then we'll probably ship Tuesday.”

A Kentucky homebred, Maximum Security is out of the Anasheed broodmare Lil Indy, who produced a full sibling to Maximum Security in Korea earlier this spring. Currently in foal to Quality Road, Lil Indy was acquired by Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Equine for $1.85 million at this year's Keeneland November Sale.

Spun to Run to get much-deserved break
Robert P. Donaldson's 3-year-old Spun to Run came out his impressive runner-up finish tired but in good order, trainer Juan Guerrero said Sunday morning.

The desire to sleep in was understandable as Spun to Run challenged Maximum Security for the entire race, as the two Grade 1-winners ran 1-2 through every port of call before Maximum Security powered to the wire for a 3 ½-length victory.

But Spun to Run, coming off a 2 ½-length score in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita, garnered a 105 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort, marking his third consecutive triple-digit number following his 109 in the Dirt Mile and a personal-best 110 for his win in the M.P. Ballezzi Appreciation Mile on October 12 at Parx.

'He was a little tired but he came back good,” Guerrero said. “It was very exciting. My horse tries so hard. But Maximum Security is just a beast. Once he gets to the front like that, he doesn't like to get beat. My horse, he likes to run, too. We ran after them.

“He came back good. The track was heavier than I expected. I thought it'd be heavy, but not as heavy as it was. But he did everything he good. He's a professional racehorse. He loves his job. He doesn't act up. He makes it easy. I like to let him have fun out there and he's just a great horse.”

Spun to Run has been active since starting his career in October 2018, compiling a 5-2-3 record and earnings of more than $1.6 million in 12 starts. The Hard Spun sophomore colt raced five times since September, starting with a win in the Grade 3 Smarty Jones in September at Parx. He twice finished in the money in races won by Maximum Security, including a third-place effort in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational in July at Monmouth Park. That heavy workload has Guerrero looking to give Spun to Run time off before he commences his 4-year-old campaign.

“He came back good but I think he really needs a break,” he said. “I'm trying to decide if I should send him to the farm and give him some time off or just keep him at the track and just keep him happy. I'm going to talk to my owner and decide what to do.

“My horse has been running so hard the last five races, and earning triple-digit Beyers, and we've been running hard,” he added. “I think with a bit of a break, he'll come back stronger. I'll try and keep his races a little further apart this year and I think he'll even be a better horse and have a better year. We had a great year in [2019], but he came back every 20, 25 days, and you don't see that too often with stakes horses. He held his races together like that, and that's amazing to me.”

Guerrero said the travel, including a cross-country trip for the Breeders' Cup, as well as earning black type in stakes held at four different states, also has necessitated a break for the Kentucky bred.

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