Derby ‘Winner’ Maximum Security arrives at Monmouth, pointed to Haskell

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OCEANPORT — A weary Maximum Security arrived Tuesday [May 7] at Monmouth Park, where his trainer plans to race the colt in the $1 million Haskell Invitational in July.

The first Kentucky Derby winner disqualified for interference in the race’s 145-year history pulled into the Jersey shore track shortly before 6 a.m.

The previously undefeated colt was taken to the barn of trainer Jason Servis. The Florida Derby winner was walked and then put in a stall to rest.

There were a few photographers, a videographer and a reporter outside the No. 2 barn, adorned with a big pink plant in front and hanging flower pots.

The arrival of Maximum Security coincided with Monmouth Park’s annual news conference leading to the new season.

Not so, said trainer Kelly Breen, whose Ruler on Ice won the 2011 Belmont Stakes. He called the takedown the right move.

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