On the heels of The Stronach Group's annoucement of a $6 million purse reduction for it's Pegasus World Cup, Gary West has decided that Maximum Security will not enter the starting gate. According to the Thoroughbred Daily News, West has targeted February's $20 million Saudi Cup as the next race for his star colt.
“The Saudi race will be the next race for Max,” West told the TDN. “If a horse owner had a shot to win a $20-million race or a race for less than $3 million within a month, I am not sure why they would run for less. As of this minute, Max will not be running in the Pegasus and I can't imagine anything that would change that decision.”
Trained by Jason Servis, Maximum Security is the frontrunner for the 3-year-old male Eclipse Award after his 2019 season. The colt's major wins came in the G1 Florida Derby, G1 Haskell Invitational, and G1 Cigar Mile. He also crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby, but was taken down in a historic disqualification.
Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.
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