Maximum Security to scratch from Pennsylvania Derby

By Tom Luicci
September 17, 2019 04:20pm
Haskell Invitational (G1) and Florida Derby (G1) winner Maximum Security is out of Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx due to a large colon nephrosplenic entrapment that developed shortly after the colt returned from a morning work on Monday, trainer Jason Servis announced Tuesday.

Servis said that an issue developed with his star 3-year-old late Monday afternoon, and that Maximum Security was rushed to the Mid-Atlantic Equine Clinic in Ringoes, N.J., where the diagnosis was made by Dr. Janik Gasiorowski.

The medical issue is not considered career threatening.

“I’ve spoken to the Wests (owners Gary and Mary) and they understand that it’s all about the horse. That’s first and foremost,” said Servis. “There’s nothing that anyone could have done to prevent it. It’s one of those things that just happens. It’s unfortunate and the timing is terrible but that’s horse racing.”

Maximum Security had gone a one-mile lick at Parx early Monday morning without incident, with Servis saying he was summoned to his barn around 3:30 p.m. because something was amiss with the horse. 

“He was doing great,” Servis said. “But I soon as I saw him I could tell he was in trouble, so we got him right on the van and sent him to the Mid-Atlantic Equine Clinic.”

Servis said he did not have a time frame for a possible racing return for Maximum Security, holding out hope, he said, for the Breeders’ Cup “or something else that might be out there.”

Maximum Security is currently back in Servis’ barn at Monmouth Park.

The colt had drawn the outside post, No. 7, for Saturday's 1 1/8-mile feature at Parx Racing. Remaining headliners include Grade 1 winner Improbable, Preakness Stakes hero War of Will and Mr. Money, who rides a four-race winning streak into the race.


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