(Maximum Security wins the Bold Ruler Stakes at Belmont Park / Susie Raisher Photo & Courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA Media Team:
Gary and Mary West’s two-time Grade 1-winner Maximum Security made a successful return off a three-month break, leading gate-to-wire in his New York debut to post a 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Belmont Park.
In his first start since winning the Grade 1 Haskell on July 20 at Monmouth Park, Maximum Security broke alertly under jockey Luis Saez from the inside post and dueled True Timber at the front, leading the six-horse field through an opening quarter-mile in 22.90 seconds and the half in 45.22 on the fast main track.
Jockey Luis Saez — Maximum Security (1st):
“He’s so special. He’s the Derby winner and he’s born to run. Of course, he’s the best horse I’ve ever rode,” said Saez, who has been aboard for all five of Maximum Security’s stakes races. “He proved today he is a champion.
“He was feeling so good today and he was ready to run,” he added. “I was very comfortable. He put me there [on the lead] by himself and I was trying to slow the pace but there was pressure. I’m on the horse to beat so I knew it was going to happen, but he just kicked on. Everybody was right there [at the turn], but he came to the stretch and he did it all by himself.”
Trainer Jason Servis — Maximum Security:
“He’s special. He really is a special horse,” Servis said. “He definitely wasn’t 100 percent [today]. Physically, he’s been great, but he had come out of the hospital and hadn’t run in three months.
“When he ran like that, I’m thinking that he’s a really special horse. The rail has been terrible all day. Nothing on the rail has been doing anything. Everything was coming around, enough so that Gary called me right away and I said, ‘I see it.’ We actually were thinking about taking him back, but I left it up to Luis [Saez] and he said, ‘Boss, if he breaks we’ll go and get out and if he doesn’t, I’ll just sit on him.’”
Maximum Security could now target either the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on November 29 at Churchill Downs or the Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile on December 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack, according to his connections.
“I’ve got to talk to the Wests, but probably the Clark or Cigar Mile,” Servis said. “I have a barn here so it’s convenient. A mile and a mile and an eighth are both good for him. This horse can run.”
Trainer Barclay Tagg — Tale of Silence (2nd):
“That’s the way he likes to run. He likes to be right on the rail,” Tagg said. “I thought there was plenty of speed in here and that worked out. I wanted to use this as a prep for the Cigar Mile and we can move forward from here.”