Maximum Security wins Haskell, survives inquiry, heat delays
Maximum Security captured the $1 million Haskell Invitational in Oceanport, New Jersey, intense heat triggered a major delay and safety concerns for horses and riders.
And, unlike the Kentucky Derby, he survived a steward’s inquiry Saturday night.
It capped a long day that included the cancellation of six races and the delay in six stakes, including the Haskell, the biggest race in Monmouth’s meet.
Maximum Security outlasted Mucho Gusto by 1¼ lengths. However, the stewards posted the inquiry sign. Videotape replays showed King for a Day had to check when Maximum Security and Mucho Gusto stormed past.
It was quickly dismissed, unlike the Derby, where Country House was elevated to the top spot and Maximum Security was dropped to 17th place. Owners Gary and Mary West, former of Omaha, are still trying to overturn that decision in federal court in Kentucky.
The extreme temperature and a heat index value reaching 107— caused track officials to a order a 4½-hour delay after the running of the first two races on the 14-race card.
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