Maximum Security Returns in Bold Ruler

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By Emily Shields

One-time Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Maximum Security, who was disqualified and placed 17th, returns in the $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) at Belmont Park on Saturday, October 26. The son of New Year’s Day has been away since winning the Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park in July. He was entered in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) but scratched due to a case of colic and missed several weeks of travel.

Jason Servis trains the three-year-old, who will have Luis Saez aboard again. Together they won the Florida Derby (G1) and ran second in the Pegasus as heavy favorites. He is unbeaten at the distance and is five for seven lifetime He breaks from the rail.

#2 is Tale of Silence. The five-year-old is making his 21st lifetime start. He is three for seven on this track for trainer Barclay Tagg. Junior Alvarado will ride.

#3 Wonderful Light is a five-year-old son of Tiz Wonderful. Michelle Nevin trains the horse, who was third in the Challedon at Laurel Park last out. He won two allowances in a row before that, including at Saratoga this summer.

#4 True Timber is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. He was third in the Kelso in September, his first start since running in Dubai. Last year he was grade 1 placed and second in this race. He has been top three in five of six Belmont starts, and has never been worse than second at the distance. Joe Bravo rides.

#5 Knicks Go is a three-year-old who was on the Kentucky Derby trail earlier this year. He was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year, and won the grade 1 Breeders Futurity at Keeneland last October. He hasn’t won since, but was second in an allowance at Keeneland last out.

#6 Killybegs Captain is coming off a win in the DeFrancis Dash at Laurel in September. John Terranova trails the five-year-old son of Mizzen Mast, who was also a stakes winner at Tampa Bay Downs in February.

#7 Diamond King was second in a one-mile stakes at Parx last out. This is over seven furlongs. John Servis trains, and Jose Ortiz will ride. This $235,000 son of Quality Road has earned over $600,000.

#8 Prince Lucky rounds out the field. The son of Corinthian is a five-time stakes winner, and has won twice on this track, both against stakes company at 1 1/16 miles. Todd Pletcher trains, John Velazquez will ride.

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