Maximum Security (New Year’s Day), disqualified from first and placed 17th in the GI Kentucky Derby, will make his highly anticipated return to the races in Sunday’s $150,000 TVG.com Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park. The Pegasus, run at a mile and a sixteenth, is the local prep for the $1-million GI TVG.com Haskell Invitational July 20.
“He’s going to run,” trainer Jason Servis said. “The horse had a really good day today and I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t run.”
The Gary and Mary West homebred, first across the line in all five of his career starts, including the GI Florida Derby, became the first Kentucky Derby winner to be disqualified after his 1 3/4-length victory over Country House (Lookin At Lucky).
Servis had blood drawn from Maximum Security on Monday as a precautionary measure.
“Maybe I was over-reading things a little too much, trying to be overly cautious,” Servis said. “He’s acting really good and training good and his bloodwork came back good. So maybe I just over-reacted a little bit.”
The Pegasus attracted a field of six.