Australia may well get to see the champion 3YO of North America, MAXIMUM SECURITY.
Maybe not as a racehorse, although he will be closer. He is being aimed at the US$20million Saudi Cup this year.
Last night Coolmore did not announce, but Maximum Security’s owner, Gary West did, that the global breeding giant has purchased a half share in the superstar colt whose back story is that of fairy tale stuff. And selling him on New Year’s day was just a small part of it. Maximum Security is by the stallion…New Year’s Day.
“I can confirm that Coolmore has purchased a half share in both his future racing and his breeding life,” said West. Coolmore, when approached, would not respond to the question of ownership, however.
You may recall, this same Maximum Security (New Year’s Day-Lil Indy) was the first horse across the line in the Gr 1 2019 Kentucky Derby, only to be stripped of the race because of the ridiculous, asinine, draconian Category 2 rules of racing that Kentucky operates under.
Right now, without that win on his resume, his record reads: 9 starts, 7 wins, a 2nd and a DQ. He has earned US$1,801,900 in stakes. That’s around $2.5million in Aussie.
All that aside is the fascinating back story. His mother, Lil Indy, was purchased back in 2014 by Ben Glass for US$80,000. In that time she had 2 foals, one sold for $125,000, the other for $69,000.
Then she was sold for just US$11,000 in 2018 to Triple Crown.
When the Keeneland November Breeding Sale came around 2 months back, she was again sold, this time for US$1,850,000 – again around $2,510,000 in Australian currency.
At his most recent start Maximum Security won the Gr 1 Cigar Mile, making 3 x Gr 1 wins. (Not counting the Derby).
His sire, New Year’s Day, was a Gr 1 winner and is by Street Cry, the sire of Winx.