06/16 16:34 CDT Maximum Security beaten in first start since Derby DQ
Maximum Security beaten in first start since Derby DQ
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) --- Maximum Security returned to racing for the first time
since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby, and simply got beat.
There was no controversy this time.
King for a Day stalked Maximum Security from the start, took the lead in the
stretch and posted a one-length victory over the overwhelming favorite in the
$150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
It marked the first time Maximum Security has not crossed the finish line first
in six career starts. The Jason Servis-trained colt, who went off at odds of
1-20, stumbled at the start but that didn't prevent him from leading until late
in the stretch.
Owned by Gary and Mary West, Maximum Security finished 1 3/4 lengths in front
of Country House in the Kentucky Derby on May 4 but was disqualified by
Churchill Downs stewards for interference with eventual Preakness winner War of
It marked the first time in the 145-year history of the Derby that the
first-place finisher was disqualified for interference.
Maximum Security and regular rider Luis Saez broke from the No. 2 post and
quickly took the lead in the field of six 3-year-olds.
Jockey Joe Bravo moved King for a Day from the No. 3 post to his flank and the
two made this a two-horse race until the Todd Pletcher-trained winner wore down
King for a Day, who won the Sir Barton at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard,
covered the 1 1/16 mile race in 1:42.59. The son of Uncle Mo paid $13.80, $2.40
and $2.20 for his third victory in five career starts.
Maximum Security returned $2.10 annd $2.10. Direct Order finished third and
Last Judgment was fourth, followed by Identifier and Caladan.
Servis was not sure earlier this week whether to run Maximum Security because
he was not happy with how he looked in training. However, bloodwork showed no
problems and he was entered.
The Wests are challenging the Kentucky Derby disqualification in federal court.
Country House is probably finished racing for the year, trainer Bill Mott told
the Daily Racing Form on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Country House has been galloping at the track in recent weeks, but Mott has not
been satisfied with how the colt trained and looked. He was shipped to Saratoga
last week and will be sidelined for two months or longer.