West ‘Not Looking At The Belmont’ With Maximum Security; Haskell The ‘Primary Goal’

by | 05.19.2019 | 9:04pm
A fan holds up a sign urging Maximum Security to leave for the Preakness as he schools in the paddock at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey on Saturday May 18, 2019.

Owner Gary West told bloodhorse.com that his Maximum Security is officially not under consideration for the 2019 Belmont Stakes. The disqualified first-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, trained by John Servis, schooled in the paddock for his fans at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

“We are not looking at the Belmont because (trainer Jason Servis) says Maximum Security needs more time to fully recover,” said West. “The Haskell (July 20) is our next primary goal, but he may have a prep before then, possibly in the Pegasus (June 16).”

West indicated that his long-range goal for homebred Maximum Security is a year-end championship in the 3-year-old colt division, and added that none of the connections of the other four Derby contenders to whom he issued his $20 million “challenge” on Friday have yet responded.

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

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