It's going to be an early day for Maximum Security on Friday.
The horse, who was the first winner in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby to be disqualified from first because of an incident during the race, is scheduled to be on track at Parx on Friday morning. But he won't be in town long.
Trainer Jason Servis said Sunday that his plan is to ship Maximum Security to Parx on Friday, work the horse over the track, put him back on the van and head back to Monmouth. Servis said it takes an hour and 15 minutes to get from Monmouth to Parx.
Servis said he will ship the horse at 4:30 in the morning, get him on track by 6:30 a.m. and then have him home at Monmouth in time for breakfast at 10:30.
“We will then ship back down in nine or 10 days after that to breeze him again,” Servis said Sunday outside his barn at Saratoga. “Then, we'll either stay there or go back to Monmouth.”
Maximum Security hasn't run since winning the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on July 20. After that race, Servis wanted to run in the Travers at Saratoga, but the effort in the Haskell knocked his horse out for a while.
Temperatures were in the high 90s and the heat index was over 100 the day of the Haskell. Officials at Monmouth were forced to delay the race several hours until the temperatures cooled off.
“It was tough, a hot day, and he ran hard,” Servis said. “I think he was glad I didn't run him back in the Travers. I would say he is starting to get some good color to him. We still have to get through some things, but we are looking forward to the race.”
Maximum Security has won five of seven career starts, the only losses coming in the Kentucky Derby and the Pegasus at Monmouth on June 16. Servis said he still gets fan mail addressed to the horse at the barn.
“I think people are really looking forward to see him run again,” Servis said.
Maximum Security's next start is expected to come in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby.
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