2019 Bold Ruler Handicap Contenders & Odds

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NYRA Press Release | OTB Writer
Published: October 25, 2019

Gary and Mary West's multiple Grade 1-winner Maximum Security will make his Belmont Park debut in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler, a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and upward on closing weekend of the fall meet.

Trained by Jason Servis, the New Year's Day colt has crossed the wire first in six of seven career starts, including Grade 1 scores in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in March and the Haskell Invitational last out on July 20 at Monmouth Park.

The front-running bay graduated at first asking by 9 3/4-lengths in a key maiden $16,000 claimer in December at Gulfstream that saw third-place finisher Math Wizard also reach prominence in September with a score in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx.

2019 Bold Ruler Handicap Odds & Entries

Race 8 at Belmont Park on Saturday, October 26 - Post 4:40 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Maximum Security 1-1 Luis Saez
121 Lbs
Jason Servis
2 Tale of Silence 15-1 Junior Alvarado
116 Lbs
Barclay Tagg
3 Wonderful Light 15-1 Manuel Franco
116 Lbs
Michelle Nevin
4 True Timber 8-1 Joe Bravo
117 Lbs
Kiaran McLaughlin
5 Knicks Go 30-1 Dylan Davis
115 Lbs
Ben Colebrook
6 Killybegs Captain 6-1 Eric Cancel
120 Lbs
John Terranova II
7 Diamond King 8-1 Jose Ortiz
117 Lbs
John Servis
8 Prince Lucky 3-1 John Velazquez
120 Lbs
Todd Pletcher

Maximum Security dominated a pair of optional-claiming tilts at Gulfstream ahead of his Florida Derby coup and left the gate in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs as the 9-2 second choice. With regular pilot Luis Saez up, Maximum Security led gate-to-wire in the first leg of the Triple Crown, but was demoted to 17th for interference approaching the five-sixteenths marker.

He returned to action on June 16 in the Pegasus at Monmouth Park, where he stumbled from the gate and was beaten to the wire for the first time by multiple stakes winner King for a Day. In the nine-furlong Haskell, Maximum Security returned to his dominant form when besting Mucho Gusto by 1 1/4-lengths.

With victories ranging from six furlongs to 1 1/8-miles, the versatile Maximum Security returns to a sprint distance for the first time since an 18 ΒΌ-length score in a seven-furlong optional-claimer at Gulfstream on February 20.

The Servis trainee, who had to scratch from the Pennsylvania Derby due to a bout of colic, enjoyed a strong gallop on the Belmont training track Sunday and the veteran conditioner said Maximum Security should enjoy a slight turnback as he prepares for a fall campaign.

"It was great," said Servis of the training session. "I like the cut back. He's won at this distance. All systems are go."

Saez retains the mount from the inside post.

To capture the Bold Ruler, which will serve as key prep for the Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile set for December 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack, Maximum Security will have to topple a talented field of eight, led by graded-stakes winners Tale of Silence, Killybegs Captain, Prince Lucky and Knicks Go.

Charles Fipke homebred Tale of Silence, a 5-year-old Tale of the Cat bay, made the grade in the Grade 3 Westchester in May 2018. A Belmont specialist with a record of three wins and one second from seven starts on Big Sandy, Tale of Silence finished fourth last out in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap on September 21.

In 2010, Tagg finished second in the Bold Ruler with Fipke homebred Jersey Town ahead of a 34-1 upset in the Cigar Mile. The veteran conditioner said Tale of Silence posted a strong bullet breeze in 48.33 on the Belmont main on Tuesday.

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"He had a sharp blowout. He's a fast horse," said Tagg. "He's not a top horse yet, but we're hoping he'll start to improve. I like the distance for him. Our goal with him is the Cigar Mile."

Junior Alvarado will pilot the Barclay Tagg-trainee for the first time from post 2.

Killybegs Captain, trained by John Terranova for Curragh Stables, boasts a record of 6-5-3 from 24 career starts. The 5-year-old Mizzen Mast gelding arrives at the Bold Ruler from a three-quarter length score in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, a six-furlong sprint held September 21 at Laurel Park.

Eric Cancel retains the mount from post 6.

Daniel McConnell's ultra-consistent homebred Prince Lucky, trained by Todd Pletcher, has won seven of 14 career starts while banking $593,570 in purse earnings. Bred in Pennsylvania, the 4-year-old Corinthian gelding is 3-for-6 this season, including scores in the Grade 3 Hal's Hope at Gulfstream and Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Mile.

The versatile Prince Lucky captured the 1 1/16-mile State Dinner on July 7 at Belmont and last out finished a game second in the Kelso.

Hall of Famer John Velazquez will guide Prince Lucky from the outermost post.

KRA Stud Farm's Knicks Go enters the Bold Ruler seeking his first win since registering a gate-to-wire score last October in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland at odds of 70-1.

Trained by Ben Colebrook, the 3-year-old Paynter colt was a game second in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs before a string of five off-the-board efforts in graded events.

Following a prominent second in the Ellis Park Derby in August, Knicks Go ran fourth in the Grade 3 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in September and was second last out, on October 4, in a Keeneland allowance sprint won by well-regarded Looking At Bikinis.

Knicks Go will emerge from post 5 under Dylan Davis.

Calumet Farm's True Timber, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, ran second to No Dozing in this event last year. The 5-year-old son of Mineshaft has amassed $836,550 in purse earning despite never having won a stakes event. With a record of 4-4-5 from 20 starts, True Timber finished third in the Grade 3 Jerome and second in the Grade 3 Withers at the Big A as a sophomore. Last year, he rallied to be second in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile.

He ran third last out in the Kelso with a prominent trip under Joe Bravo.

"He broke sharp last time and was there. Going seven-eighths, he probably won't be as close. We're just happy to have him back off the long layoff," said McLaughlin. "He ran pretty well in the Kelso and we're hoping he'll run well again on Saturday.

"He just missed in the Cigar Mile last year. He's a beautiful horse," added McLaughlin. "It's hard to see him finish second, third and fourth in these races - he deserves a win."

Bravo will pilot True Timber from post 4.

Rounding out the field are Diamond King (Jose Ortiz, post 7) and Wonderful Light (Manny Franco, post 3).

The Bold Ruler is slated as Race 8 on Saturday's 10-race card, which also features the $100,000 English Channel in Race 5 and $100,000 Awad in Race 9.

NYRA partners with Keeneland for Cross Country Pick 5

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host a Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday with Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. It will mark the year's final Cross Country wager.

The sequence will include two graded stakes: the Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler for 3-year-olds and upward at Belmont and the Grade 2, $200,000 Hagyard Fayette for 3-year-olds and up at Keeneland.

The multi-race wager, hosted by NYRA and featuring a 50-cent minimum, will start with Race 7 at Belmont with a 4:07 p.m. Eastern post time. The allowance event for fillies and mares will see a 12-horse field competing at 1 1/16 miles on the Widener turf course.

The second leg is the Bold Ruler, where Maximum Security, for owners Gary and Mary West and trainer Jason Servis, will make his first start since winning the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Maximum Security, who crossed the wire first in the Kentucky Derby but was demoted to 17th for interference approaching the five-sixteenths marker, will now face a talented field of eight, including graded stakes winners Prince Lucky, Tale of Silence, and Knicks Go in Race 8 at 4:40 p.m.

Action will then shift to Keeneland for Race 8 at 4:57 p.m., with a nine-horse allowance field going seven furlongs. Alternating back to Belmont for the third leg, 11 juveniles will compete in the one-mile Awad on the turf at 5:13 p.m.

In the Awad, Hall of Fame Trainer Bill Mott will send out two formidable contenders, including maiden debut winner Tiesto and No Lime for owners LRE Racing LLC. The Graham Motion-trained Irish Mias will look to win her second career stakes after capturing the Laurel Futurity on September 21 at Laurel Park.

The final leg, the Hagyard Fayette from Keeneland, will feature a talented field of 10, highlighted by multiple graded stakes placed Tom's d'Etat for conditioner Al Stall, Jr. and G M B Racing looking to rebound off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga. Other contenders include the Todd Pletcher-trained Bal Harbour and the Dale Romans-conditioned Mr Freeze.

The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. Wagering on the Cross Country Pick 5 is also available on track, on ADW platforms, and at simulcast facilities across the country. There will be a mandatory payout of the entire pool.

Belmont Park/Keeneland Cross Country Pick 5 - October 26:

Leg 1 - Belmont, Race 7: (4:07 p.m.)

Leg 2 - Belmont, Race 8: Grade 3 Bold Ruler: (4:40 p.m.)

Leg 3 - Keeneland, Race 8: (4:57 p.m.)

Leg 4 - Belmont, Race 9: Awad (5:13 p.m.)

Leg 5 - Keeneland, Grade 2 Haygard Fayette, Race 9: (5:30 p.m.)

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