Gulfstream Park

From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:

Jockey Luis Saez, who rode the winner Maximum Security:

“It was beautiful. He broke so perfect and I just took it. He was traveling beautiful, and when he came to the half-mile pole and you feel the pressure I knew I had a lot of horse and in the stretch he just took off,” Saez said. “My plan was if [Hidden Scroll] or somebody else took the lead I’m going to sit because I don’t want to make the race for somebody else. He took it so easy, so I just went with it.”

Trainer Jason Servis, who conditioned the winner:

“The plan was not to go to the lead. I talked to Luis about it. I didn’t want to over-read the race. Luis agreed that there was going to be a couple speed horses that might not be as good as a Derby horse, so we were really thinking that we were going to be laying third,” Servis said. “At the end of the day I told Luis, ‘Look, he’s yours. He breaks, and you ride him however you want.’ I worked in the jock’s room for 20 years, and if I heard anything I heard jockeys say, ‘If this guy would have left me alone I could have won this race for him.’ I just wanted to stay out of Luis’ way. It was his decision 100 percent. They went slow early, and the rest is history.”

“He wasn’t beating anything, he really wasn’t, but he was three-for-three at the track and I had Luis Saez. I was like, ‘Hello, what’s the downside?’ Servis said on the decision to give Maximum Security his stakes and two-turn debut in the Florida Derby.

“They’ve got some really good managers and we’ll see what they think they want to do. They’ve got that horse Game Winner, so I don’t know what we’ll decide,” Servis said. “I guess I have to cancel my fishing trip in May.”

Jockey Nik Juarez, who rode runner-up Bodexpress:

“It was a huge effort in Bodexpress. I really liked him going into the race and he impressed me the way he ran last time. He’s a young horse that can take dirt and when he finishes, he gives it all he has. Today he did the same exact thing, we just didn’t have enough pace – it was just me and Luis,” Juarez said of the runner-up.

Trainer Shug McGaughey, who saddled third-place finisher Code of Honor:

“I thought we were done in the turn and he kind of kept going. I think he tried to get him going early because he could see what was going on. It just didn’t work out. I’m not overly disappointed with the way he ran,” said McGaughey of his Fountain of Youth (G2) winner who has earned sufficient points to make the Kentucky Derby field. “We’ll see how he comes out of it and go from there.”

Trainer Bill Mott, who conditions Hidden Scroll:

“We’ll start over, which is probably what most sensible trainers would have done in the very beginning anyway,” said Hidden Scroll’s Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. “We probably bit off more than we could chew and we’ll kind of start over.”