Maximum Security: Pegasus Stakes post positions, odds, PPs

June 16, 2019 09:17am

In the weeks following Maximum Security’s historic disqualification from a Kentucky Derby victory, trainer Jason Servis seemingly looked for any reason not to run the horse back in Sunday’s $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Cuts to his legs were documented. He was back to the track, then missed some gallop days. After two works, Servis ordered bloodwork this week knowing it may reveal any issues with the star 3-year-old colt.

“He’s acting really good and training good and his bloodwork came back good,” Servis said.
“So maybe I just over-reacted a little bit.”

The son of New Year’s Day was entered for the 1 1/16-mile Monmouth Park prep for the July 20 Haskell Invitational (G1), one of his main summer goals along with Saratoga’s Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (G1).

In one final test, Maximum Security blew out three furlongs Saturday in 37 seconds, similar to his race day two-furlong drill on Kentucky Derby day.

Five rivals signed up to face the Gary and Mary West homebred, who also won the Florida Derby and hasn’t been beaten across the wire in five starts.

“I might be more nervous for this than I was for the Kentucky Derby,” Servis said. “It’s a short field, we’re the heavy favorite and it’s horse racing. Anything can happen.”

Here’s the field with trainers, jockeys and morning line odds:

1. Last Judgment (Todd Pletcher/Jose Ferrer) 6-1
2. Maximum Security (Jason Servis/Luis Saez) 1-2
3. King for a Day (Todd Pletcher/Joe Bravo) 4-1
4. Identifier (Jorge Navarro/Paco Lopez) 6-1
5. Direct Order (Jason Servis/Paco Lopez) 12-1
6. Caladan (Anthony Pecoraro/Jeremy Rose) 15-1

Pegasus Stakes on TV

With TVG
 the race sponsor, the racing network’s the place to catch the Pegasus live when it goes as the 10th of 13 races with a listed post time of 5 p.m. ET. Additionally, races can be live streamed on advanced deposit wagering services such as NYRABets.

Race setup
's Pace Projector expects last out Sir Barton Stakes winner King for a Day to press Maximum Security on the lead. In the Florida Derby, he was uncontested, and in the Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security slowed things down in the middle portion of the race.

Will it make a difference if Maximum Security’s pushed throughout, or will he simply run away with this one?

Free past performances

Courtesy of Brisnet, get to know the foes, and consider for wagering purposes if Maximum Security’s worth a single, a play against or simply one to watch this afternoon at Monmouth Park.


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