The Triple Crown series was marked by the unexpected and the unrestrained 3-year season continued when Maximum Security returned to competition for the first time since disqualification in the Kentucky Derby.
Regarded as the favorite favorite, 1 to 2, Maximum Security was simply beaten. There was no DQ, no horse on the run as in the Preakness or improbable winner as in the Belmont.
It was just a surprise marked by a fall early that could have cost the race to maximum safety and leave the division wide open.
The once-a-day king, second choice, outscored early maximum security, took the lead and won a one-time win in the $ 150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park , Sunday.
"I think the next race will be better," said Jason Servis, the coach of Maximum Security. "We had to avoid that – I was happy to have it eliminated even though he was beaten."
It was the first time that Maximum Security had not reached the finish line in six starts, and it may have been the difficulty that made the difference.
"It was a tough week," said Servis, who had debated the opportunity to resort to maximum security because he was not sure about being ready. "He felt very good this morning, he was jumping and kicking, but the fall hurt us a lot."
Luis Saez, of Maximum Security, and regular driver, left the position # 2 and quickly recovered from the fall to take the lead of the pack of six 3 year olds.
Jockey Joe Bravo moved King for a day from position # 3 to his side and the two men staged a two horse race until the winner, trained by Todd Pletcher, carried maximum safety to the maximum .
"I really felt comfortable coming into the corner," Bravo said. "I could see that Luis was already on horseback, I could see that he was having problems, and when I returned home, Maximum Safety was a bit off, my horse was still comfortable."
King for a Day, who won the Sir Barton at Pimlico with the Preakness sub-movie card, covered the 1 / 16th mile race in 1: 42.59. Uncle Mo's son paid $ 13.80, $ 2.40 and $ 2.20 for his third win in five career starts.
Maximum security returned $ 2.10 and $ 2.10. Direct Order finished third and reported $ 3.80.
"In the end, he was a little tired," said Saez. "I'm not disappointed, definitely not, he'll be fine, I think he needed the race, it's horse racing, anything can happen, it's a very good one." horse.This has not changed.I think next time he will do it … to agree. "
Owned by Gary and Mary West, Maximum Security finished 1 3/4 ahead of the Country House in the Kentucky Derby on May 4th, but was disqualified by Churchill Downs stewards for interference in War of Will, winner of Preakness.
For the first time in 145 years of Derby history, the winner of the first place was disqualified for interference.
The West contest the disqualification of the Kentucky Derby in federal court.
The Last Judgment was fourth in Pegasus, followed by Identifier and Caladan in the feature film on Father's Day card that attracted 24,062 people.
The Country House has probably finished its run for the year, coach Bill Mott told the Daily Racing Form Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Country House has been on the track in recent weeks, but Mott was not happy with the training and appearance of the foal. He was sent to Saratoga last week and will be away for two months or more.
Maximum security should be on July 20th on the Haskell Invitational here. Pletcher said King for a Day would join his stable in Saratoga and would be evaluated before deciding on his next start.