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Maximum Security wins Haskell, survives inquiry

Jul. 21, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Not again. That was the reaction of owner Gary West when the inquiry sign flashed after Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Saturday evening at hot and steamy Monmouth Park. Unlike in the Kentucky Derby, the stewards let the result...

Maximum Security could face maximum sizzle in Haskell

Jul. 19, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security is going to have to share top billing in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park with an unexpected foe — broiling heat. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Monmouth County through Sunday night, adding a...

Maximum Security leads field of 7 in Haskell Invitational

Jul. 17, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security will make his second start since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby, taking on six rivals in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Saturday. The Jason Servis-trained colt drew the outside No. 7 post Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile race. Luis Saez...

Analysis: Belmont pick is Tacitus, aided by bloodlines

Jun. 7, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

This is a Triple Crown season that will be remembered, though probably should be forgotten. Maximum Security was the winner of the Kentucky Derby for about 20 minutes, then got taken down over a claim of foul that will be debated forever. The Preakness was probably most notable for Bodexpress throwing jockey John...

Belmont will bring end to entertaining Triple Crown

Jun. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's been a buzz about thoroughbred racing since the Kentucky Derby and it just might increase when the "What if?" Triple Crown comes to an end with the Belmont Stakes. Think about it. What if Maximum Security, the first colt across the finish line, had not interfered with eventual...

Trainer Bill Mott trying to win Belmont, and without mayhem

Jun. 6, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Standing outside his barn at Belmont Park and wearing a New York Yankees cap, trainer Bill Mott was finishing a conversation about Roger Maris. Mott had thought the man who broke Babe Ruth's record was from his home state, South Dakota. Actually it was North Dakota, although the Hall of...

Gaffalione has become horse racing's rising star jockey

Jun. 5, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

Tyler Gaffalione seems poised to add his name to the list of all-time great jockeys in horse racing that includes Ron Turcotte, Jerry Bailey, Gary Stevens, John Velazquez and Mike Smith. While there may not be a specific moment when people in horse racing realized those jockeys would become all-time greats,...

Tacitus favored in Belmont; Preakness winner 2nd choice

Jun. 4, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Winning the Preakness wasn't enough to make War of Will the Belmont Stakes favorite. In fact, being the only colt to run in all three Triple Crown races really didn't earn him the respect one would expect. Well-rested Tacitus was made the slight favorite over the hard-working War of Will in...

Santa Anita checking if rules followed before horse's death

May. 27, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — The owner of Santa Anita is investigating whether new rules were followed before the 26th horse death at the Southern California racetrack. Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding, was euthanized Sunday after injuring his left front leg in a race a day earlier. It was the third horse death in...