OwnerGary & Mary West, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
BreederGary & Mary West Stables Inc.
SireNew Year's Day
The horse who counts the fourth-highest earnings in history by a North American Thoroughbred could have been claimed for $16,000 in his debut. In his only race as a 2-year-old, Maximum Security demolished 10 rivals at Gulfstream Park, setting the pace to win by nearly 10 lengths.
A year later, he was named the Eclipse Award Champion Three-Year-Old Male for 2019.
Maximum Security launched his career with four straight wins, capped by a gate-to-wire score in his first stakes attempt, the Florida Derby (G1). The trophy came with 100 points toward the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), and five weeks later, again setting the pace, he crossed the wire first in the Run for the Roses. Instead of adding a fifth win to his streak, however, he was disqualified for interference and placed 17th.
With no Triple Crown within his reach, Maximum Security skipped the Preakness Stakes (G1) in favor of the TVG.com Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park in July. In preparation, he first ran in Monmouth’s TVG.com Pegasus Stakes, finishing second by a length after setting the pace—the only time through 11 starts he hasn’t been first to the wire. In the Haskell, he raced just behind the leader, battled hard late, and won by 1 1/4 lengths.
After a bout with colic extended a hiatus to three months, Maximum Security went right back to winning, ending his 3-year-old season with wins in the Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) at Belmont and the Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) at Aqueduct.
After the Cigar Mile, the colt’s team saw the first of two changes: Owners Gary and Mary West, who also bred the colt, sold a 50 percent interest in him to worldwide industry powerhouse Coolmore. Coolmore horses generally race as the partnership of Mrs. John (Susan) Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. Earlier this year, Maximum Security was transferred to two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert.
Maximum Security started his 4-year-old season where he left off, winning the $20 million Saudi Cup in February and then returning from a five-month break in July for a hard-fought win in the San Diego Handicap (G2), his first start in California. In August, he set all the pace in the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) for his sixth win in a row.
Maximum Security was the third of three consecutive Eclipse Award winners for the Wests, following West Coast, 2017 Champion Three-Year-Old Male, and Game Winner, 2018 Champion Two-Year-Old Male. In 2013 the Wests won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Maximum Security’s father, New Year’s Day.
The Wests built their fortune in telecommunications and now operate West Health. Susan Magnier is the daughter of renowned Irish trainer Vincent O’Brien and wife of John Magnier, managing director of Coolmore Stud. Englishman Michael Tabor built and sold a betting company he had grown to 114 locations. Fellow Brit Derrick Smith found success first as a trading director for the British betting company Ladbrokes and then in property and currency trading.
|September 26, 2020||Awesome Again S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||2|
|August 22, 2020||TVG Pacific Classic S.||DEL MAR||1||1|
|July 25, 2020||San Diego H.||DEL MAR||2||1|
|February 29, 2020||Saudi Cup||KING ABDULAZIZ RACECOURSE||1|
|December 20, 2018||GULFSTREAM PARK||1|
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Led by this year’s Triple Crown race winners Tiz the Law, Authentic and Swiss Skydiver; multiple Grade 1 winners Improbable and Maximum Security; and Irish Champion Stakes (G1) winner Magical (IRE), 201 horses, including 39 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.