Maximum Security maintains Grade 1 options for Pegasus prep



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Two weeks since his victory within the Oct. 26 Daring Ruler Handicap (G3) at Belmont Park, Most Safety maintains two next-race choices which might be anticipated to steer him into the richest race of his occupation, the $nine million Pegasus Global Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park.

Ben Glass, racing supervisor for house owners Gary and Mary West, mentioned they, in conjunction with Jason Servis, are nonetheless in discussions on the place move subsequent.

Most Safety may just send out to the scene of his debatable disqualification from the Kentucky Derby and run in Churchill Downs’ Nov. 29 Clark (G1). The normal day-after-Thanksgiving function runs at 1 1/eight miles.

Or, the son of New Yr’s Day may just make the fast send from Belmont to Aqueduct for the Dec. 7 Cigar Mile (G1). The only-turn race is going a furlong farther than Most Safety’s comeback within the Daring Ruler.

“I do not know what Mr. West and Jason are going to come to a decision on,” Glass mentioned, “nevertheless it’ll be a kind of two, and expectantly it is going to be a just right prep for the Pegasus.”

Most Safety is again to the observe at Belmont, the place he made an emphatic go back from a life-threatening case of colic. In September, the colt scratched from the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) however didn’t finally end up requiring surgical operation for what was once termed a colon nephrosplenic entrapment.

Below jockey Luis Saez, Most Safety set the Daring Ruler fractions towards elders and received in measured style, 1 3/four lengths forward of Story of Silence. 3rd-place True Trees and Prince Fortunate in fourth may just additionally use the race as a lead in to the Cigar Mile.

“It shocked me,” Glass mentioned. “Jason was once speaking about completing 2nd or 3rd — getting a just right race. He mentioned he wasn’t again but. That colic took relatively slightly out of him.”

Most Safety zipped thru opening fractions of 22.90 and 45.22, then completed up 7/eight of a mile in 1:20.76.

“I want there would had been a horse pushing him,” Glass mentioned. “He would have damaged the observe document.”

That mark is held by way of Obviously Now, who received the Belmont Dash Championship Stakes (G3) in 1:19.96 on July 5, 2014.

The Daring Ruler added a 3rd graded stakes victory to Most Safety’s resume this season in conjunction with the Florida Derby (G1) and Haskell Invitational (G1). That places him within the thick of the dialog about Eclipse Award honors for best 3-year-old male with Code of Honor and perhaps Omaha Seaside.

Glass guessed how Most Safety is perceived by way of citizens comes right down to the best way they view the Derby disqualification.

“At this time there’s certainly in my thoughts that he will have to be the champion,” Glass mentioned. “I do know he were given disqualified, however he beat all of them soundly within the Derby, and I don’t assume they will have to take that out of the equation, as a result of clearly we imagine the stewards made a nasty name.”

Any other victory sooner than the tip of the season would bolster Most Safety, whose leader rival, Code of Honor, has received 4 graded occasions this season: the Fountain of Formative years (G2), Dwyer (G3), Travers Stakes (G1) and Jockey Membership Gold Cup (G1).

The final of the ones wins, after all, got here by way of some other DQ. If a voter considers the Kentucky Derby a win for Most Safety, does that during flip make the Gold Cup a defeat for Code of Honor? The son of Noble Undertaking isn’t anticipated to run once more in 2019 after lacking the board within the Breeders’ Cup Vintage, now not taking to the deep grime in Arcadia, Calif.

Omaha Seaside, in the meantime, ignored a lot of the season because of his personal well being setback. He’s a candidate for the Dec. 26 Malibu (G1) at Santa Anita Park with victories within the Arkansas Derby (G1) and Santa Anita Dash Championship (G1) on his resume along with a 2nd in final weekend’s the Breeders’ Cup Filth Mile.

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