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MAX LIVES, BREATHES, WORKS

Yes, Virginia, and New Jersey and Pennylvania, too, there is a Maximum Security and he appears to be very live and very well.

The Derby first emerged from, well, maximum security, and worked nine furlongs for the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby to be run at Parx, SEP 21,

According to a Monmouth Park press release, Maximum Security “went a mile in 1:53 and change and was out in a mile and an eighth in 2:04 and change.”

Monmouth clockers credited Maximum Security with a final half-mile in 53 3/5, before the colt galloped out another furlong. Servis had the opening half-mile in a minute flat.

All so confusing, isn’t it?

Another source of confusion is Game Winner apparently is not offer a case of the sniffles and will be skipping the Penn Derby as was originally planned. He and Maximum Security are owned by Gary and Mary West.

Bob Baffert’s Breeders’ Cup options now seem to be a run against older horses. The Awesome Again is nine furlongs at home; the Jockey Club Gold Cup in New York is at a mile and a quarter.

Coming off a break, the latter seems unlikely.

“He’s doing very good now,” said Servis afterward. By skipping the Travers, the trainer said he “had some time and space and I am happy about that.”

The Derby first is tentatively scheduled to ship into Bensalem at the next of next week. The schedule, not set in stone, gives Servis enough time to work his stable star twice over the track.

Happy to see Maximum Security back. The division is much better with him than without him.

I’m so confused.

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