Maximum Security ‘Not There Yet,’ But Targeting Either Travers Or Pennsylvania Derby

by | 08.09.2019 | 4:38pm
Maximum Security wins the Haskell under Luis Saez

Gary and Mary West's multiple graded-stakes winner Maximum Security breezed four furlongs in 54 seconds flat on August 7 at Monmouth Park as he continues preparations for his next start in either the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course or the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on September 21 at Parx.

Trainer Jason Servis said a decision is forthcoming for the winner of both the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.

“We'll make a decision soon for his next start. I just want to make sure he is 100 percent, but he's still not there yet,” said Servis.

Early probables for the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers include: Code of Honor (Shug McGaughey); Endorsed (Kiaran McLaughlin); Everfast (Dale Romans); Game Winner (Bob Baffert); Highest Honor (Chad Brown); Laughing Fox (Steve Asmussen); Lookin At Bikinis (Brown); Maximum Security (Jason Servis); Owendale (Brad Cox); Tacitus (Bill Mott); and Tax (Danny Gargan).

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables' World of Trouble continues to recover from a bruised foot which forced Servis to scratch the multiple Grade 1 winner from the Grade 3, $200,000 Troy on August 3 at the Spa.

“We're still battling a little foot issue with him,” said Servis.

World of Trouble, riding a five-race win streak including the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct and Grade 1 Jaipur June 8 on Belmont Stakes Day last out, is targeting the Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster on September 2 at Parx.

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