Maximum Security, Midnight Bisou Get First Looks At Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz Racecourse

by | 02.21.2020 | 3:56pm
Maximum Security at the King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh ahead of the Saudi Cup

A group of 12 American racehorses got their first look at Riyadh's King Abdulaziz Racecourse on Feb. 19 when they touched down ahead of the $29.2 million Saudi Cup day.

First off the lorry at the King Abdulaziz Racecourse Quarantine Facility was the Jason Servis-trained four-time Grade 1 winner and Saudi Cup contender, Maximum Security. He was followed by Billy Batts, trained by Peter Miller who will run in the Saudi Derby and sprint star, Legends of War who is prepared by Doug O'Neill.

Miller's second two runners, Captain Scotty who goes in the Sprint and Ghoul also touched down safely while highly-anticipated Saudi Cup runners, Mucho Gusto and McKinzie, both trained by Bob Baffert and the striking grey, Tacitus trained by William Mott, were also safely settled into their stables.

The popular mare, Midnight Bisou, who will take on the boys in the Saudi Cup and is trained by Steve Asmussen had a good look around as she came off the lorry along with stablemate and Saudi Derby contender, Rowdy Yates and Saudi Sprint runner, Engage.

Sprinter Imperial Hint was taken of the horse box by trainer, Luis Carvajal.

Garrett Servis, son of trainer Jason who received Saudi Cup favorite Maximum Security said: “He traveled well. I was in touch with the grooms on the flight so I had regular updates. He drank half his water and ate half his feed. We will be out for a hand walk after he gets settled.”

All the US horses were required to spend 48 hours inside the quarantine facility before they could head to the main track. Videos and pictures on social media showed Maximum Security, Midnight Bisou, Mucho Gusto, and Legends of War training over the track on Friday.

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