OCEANPORT, N.J. — Maximum Security drew a large crowd of well-wishers as he schooled in the paddock prior to Monmouth Park’s fifth race on Saturday, with trainer Jason Servis saying his star colt could breeze next week as he continues to weigh his options for the horse’s next start.
“It’s great to see this,” Servis said of the crowd. “Like I have told a few people it eases the pain a little bit.”
Maximum Security, who crossed the line first by 1¾ lengths in the Kentucky Derby, became the first horse in the race’s 145-year history to be disqualified from first due to an on-track incident. The horse had been unbeaten in his first four career starts, including a front-running victory in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.
“I’ll probably do something with him next week as far as a breeze,” said Servis. “We haven’t decided where he is going to run yet. But I think we will do something with him this coming week
“He’s starting to come around.”
Fans pressed against the walking ring railing to get a glimpse of Maximum Security, who seemed to enjoy the attention that included a bouquet of red roses and white carnations formed in the shape of a horse shoe that was presented to Servis.
“I never wished I did social media, and I don’t,” Servis said. “But I kind of wish now I did because everyone is telling me there are a lot of people supporting him.
“I guess it’s because he ran for a $16,000 (maiden claiming) tag and is a Cinderella story. He’s five-for-five in my eyes.”
While Maximum Security was in New Jersey, War Of Will, who was involved in the Kentucky Derby melee which led to the disqualification, went on to win the Preakness.
Meanwhile, at Monmouth Park, Goldwood withstood an early duel with Miss Deplorable and had more than enough left in reserve to score a 1¾-length victory in the $75,000 Politely Stakes, giving leading rider Jose Ferrer his third winner on the card.
Trained by Jorge Duarte Jr. and owned by Colts Neck Stables, LLC, Goldwood posted her fifth victory in 14 career starts, covering the 5½ furlongs over a turf course labeled “firm” in 1:03.27.
Mrs. Ramona G. rallied for second, 1¼ lengths ahead of Mominou. Miss Deplorable faded to fourth after testing the eventual winner on the front end in the early portion of the race.
“I thought we would be really close to the early pace,” said Ferrer. “There was really no fast speed when I looked at the race and she was just a length off the leaders when they went :20.4 at Gulfstream in her last start. With an inside post I thought we would be right there with the early leaders.
“She’s a good mare with a lot a class and she is really good at this distance. Five and half furlongs is perfect for her. I wanted to be on the front and let them come get me. I didn’t think they would be able to and we saw they couldn’t. She is too good.”
Goldwood went off as the favorite in the field of eight fillies and mares, paying $5.60 to win in the 26th edition of the Politely Stakes.
It was the fourth winner from seven starts at the meet for Duarte, Jr, who took over from Alan Goldberg as the trainer for Colts Neck Stables last winter. Goldberg now serves as the stable’s racing manager.
Goldwood, a 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro-Crimson Maple by Rahy, is one of 55 horses Duarte oversees for Colts Neck Stable. She now has a 5-2-2 line from 11 career starts at 5½ furlongs on the grass.
“She ran well,” said Duarte. “There was not much speed in the race and at Monmouth I always think you have to be close up in these grass sprints. Plus, we had Jose Ferrer and he fits the track.
“Everything made sense for her to be close up early, especially since we had the rail. She’s a big filly. She takes a little time to get in stride. It seems around the turn she found her stride and she kicked away nicely. I’m very pleased with the way she ran.”
Angel Suarez’s first full summer of riding at Monmouth Park has gotten off to a fast start, with the journeyman winning four races on the 12-race May 18 card. That puts Suarez tied atop the rider standings with Jose Ferrer, who won three races on the card.
Ferrer is looking for his second straight riding title at the track.
Nik Juarez, with two winners on May 18, has eight wins overall for the meet. Jomar Torres is next with six.
Jorge Navarro, seeking a record seventh straight training title, saddled three winners on the card to give him a meet-leading seven.
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