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By NYRA Press StaffJason Servis, winning trainer of Maximum Security: “He’s special. He really is a special horse. He definitely wasn’t 100 percent [today]. Physically, he’s been great, but he had come out of the hospital and hadn’t run in three months. “When he ran like that, I’m thinking that he’s a really special horse. The rail has been terrible all day. Nothing on the rail has been doing anything. Everything was coming around, enough so that Gary [West, owner] called me right away and I said, ‘I see it’. We actually were thinking about taking him back, but I left it up to Luis [Saez] and he said, ‘Boss, if he breaks we’ll go and get out and if he doesn’t, I’ll just sit on him.'” On where to next for Maximum Security: “I’ve got to talk to the Wests, but probably the Clark [at Churchill Downs] or Cigar Mile [Grade 1, $750,000 on December 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack]. I have a barn here so it’s convenient. A mile and a mile and an eighth are both good for him. This horse can run.” 

Luis Saez, winning jockey aboard Maximum Security: “He’s so special. He’s the Derby winner and he’s born to run. Of course, he’s the best horse I’ve ever rode. He proved today he is a champion. “He was feeling so good today and he was ready to run. I was very comfortable. He put me there [on the lead] by himself and I was trying to slow the pace but there was pressure. I’m on the horse to beat so I knew it was going to happen, but he just kicked on. Everybody was right there [at the turn], but he came to the stretch and he did it all by himself.” 

Barclay Tagg, trainer of runner-up Tale of Silence: “That’s the way he likes to run. He likes to be right on the rail. I thought there was plenty of speed in here and that worked out. I wanted to use this as a prep for the Cigar Mile and we can move forward from here.”

 Junior Alvarado, jockey aboard second-place finisher Tale of Silence: “We sat back early hoping for a fast pace. I just rode the rail the whole way around and he came with a nice run. Second-best today. The horse that beat us is an unbelievably good horse, but we were happy with the second.”
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