Owners Gary and Mary West are still trying to overturn that decision in federal court in Kentucky.
West and trainer Jason Servis are thinking about running Maximum Security next month in the Travers at Saratoga. As King for a Day appeared to be tiring, Maximum Security seemed to move in a bit and King for a Day dropped back and eventually wound up fifth.More news: England Women's hopes of regaining the Ashes appear to be in tatters
Trainer Jason Servis said Maximum Security will be shipped to Saratoga Race Course in a few days to begin preparations for the August 24 Runhappy Travers Stakes, provided the 1:47.56 he needed to cover the 1 1/8 miles and the energy spent in fending off Michael Lund Petersen's Mucho Gusto did not take too much out of the 3-year-old.
Although Country House, the official Kentucky Derby victor thanks to the disqualification and Belmont Stakes victor Sir Winston are both now sidelined, probably until late in the year, the Travers Stakes has race fans and bettors in a "can't wait" mode. That sort of thing happens in 25% of the races and they don't take 25% of the horses down.
"We've been carefully monitoring the heat for days, including today, and we have a staff of veterinarians and state veterinarians, independent vets and consultants, all of whom tell us it's safe to run, that we're below the level required for the recommendation for cancellation", Darby Development Chairman and CEO Dennis Drazin said. It would have been three had he not been disqualified in the Kentucky Derby. Mucho Gusto brought back $3.40 to place and $2.80 to show, while Spun to Run paid $5.60 to show. Spun to Run paid $5.60.
With racing under pressure because of many horse deaths horses in California, several tracks Friday canceled their Saturday cards, including Saratoga Race Course and Finger Lakes in NY and Laurel Park in Maryland.More news: SpaceX Starship could re-transport humans to the moon in few years
"Heat kills, so it's extremely foolish and reckless for Monmouth Park to stay open with temperatures soaring to record highs", PETA President Kathy Guillermo said in a statement.
With racing under pressure because of many horse deaths horses in California, most East coast tracks on Friday cancelled their Saturday cards, including Saratoga Race Course and Finger Lakes in NY and Laurel Park in Maryland. The governor left the final decision on whether to run to Drazin.
Servis said that will ship Maximum Security to Saratoga in the coming days to prep for the Travers, but issued the caveat that it would only be 69 days between three tough races in the Pegasus Stakes, the Haskell and the Travers. The track canceled its card planned for Sunday.
The Oceanport racetrack will host its biggest race day of the year, including the internationally televised $1 million Haskell Invitational. Other graded winners include the Maryland-bred Just Howard, who won the G3 Oceanport; Midnight Bisou, who took the G3 Molly Pitcher at 1-20 odds; War Story, who took the G3 Monmouth Cup; and I'm So Fancy, victor of the G3 Matchmaker...More news: S Korean man kills himself as dispute with Japan escalates
New Jersey 101.5 Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow expected the temperature at the racetrack to be about 89 degrees by 8 p.m.