‘Absolute Game-Changer’: Maximum Security Could Target Saudi Cup After Pegasus Purse Reduction

Gary West was disappointed with The Stronach Group’s announcement of a major purse reduction in it’s flagship Pegasus World Cup this Sunday, the owner told bloodhorse.com. The purse was cut from $9 million to $3 million just 41 days before the Jan. 25 contest at Gulfstream Park, and West is now considering re-routing his colt Maximum Security from the Pegasus to the $20 million Saudi Cup.

“Cutting the purse to $3 million is an absolute game-changer. I wasn’t thinking about the Saudi Cup, but why should I run for $3 million when I can run for $20 million four weeks later? That’s a substantial change, and we don’t know what we’re going to do,” West told bloodhorse.com. “There’s now a better than 50/50 chance we’ll go to the Saudi race. You don’t get a horse like Maximum Security that often, and when you have a chance to be one of the favorites in the richest race in the world, you have to consider it.”

The inaugural Saudi Cup is scheduled for Feb. 29 at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and other horses currently under consideration for the contest include McKinzie, Midnight Bisou, Tacitus, and Mucho Gusto.

Omaha Beach is still under consideration for the Pegasus, owner Rick Porter said, and it will be his last start before entering stud at Spendthrift Farm.

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

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