Vanned To Aqueduct For Sunday Breeze, Maximum Security Team Decides On Cigar Mile

A last-minute decision to ship Maximum Security from his Belmont base to Aqueduct on Sunday morning helped trainer Jason Servis and owners Gary and Mary West make the decision about the 3-year-old’s next start. According to, the colt will be pointed to the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Dec. 7, rather than the G1 Clark at Churchill.

Maximum Security breezed well over the Aqueduct main track on Sunday, according to Servis, covering the last three furlongs of his 1 1/8-mile exercise in :40.80. Exercise rider Jose Biallatoro was particularly pleased with the work.

“I was thinking he’d just say he went good,” Servis said. “But he said ‘Man, Jay, he’s better on this track than he was at Belmont.’”

The Cigar Mile will be Maximum Security’s stepping stone to the G1 Pegasus World Cup in January.

The 3-year-old son of New Year’s Day was planning a start in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby when an episode of colic forced his scratch. Instead of pushing the colt to make the Breeders’ Cup, Servis pointed Maximum Security to the G3 Bold Ruler at Belmont. After setting all the fractions, the colt won by 1 3/4 lengths.

Earlier this year, Maximum Security won the G1 Florida Derby before crossing the wire first in the Kentucky Derby and being disqualified for interference. He came back to win the G1 Haskell Invitational at his home base of Monmouth Park in the summer. His record stands at six wins from eight starts for earnings of $1,389,400.


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