By Neil Monnery

Classic favorite Maximum Security to run in San Diego H.

By Neil Monnery
Maximum Security rides for the first time since the Saudi Cup on Sunday
Maximum Security rides for the first time since the Saudi Cup on Sunday

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The $150,000 Grade II San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on Sunday will attract a little bit more interest than normal due to the appearance of Maximum Security on the Entries List.

Newly added to the stable of Bob Baffert following the Jason Servis drug charges. One of the best horses of the past few years will make his comeback following being unraced since crossing the finish line first at the Saudi Cup in February - a race where the result is still in doubt due to the aforementioned drug issue - this is an opportunity to get back into the swing of things and he’s sure to be the overwhelming betting favorite among the seven-horse field.

The San Diego is often seen as a prep for the Grade I Pacific Classic, which is also run at Del Mar and Baffert has confirmed that the plan is for his new steed to return to the track for that race in August.

Maximum Security is a multiple Grade I winner and is currently the favorite on the international Ante Post markets for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland in November ahead of Tiz the Law and Charlatan. A strong return to the track this Sunday will do nothing to quell that buzz for the prize four-year-old.

One potential question mark will be that Maximum Security will not have his usual jockey. Luis Saez has tested positive for Covid-19 and is required to go into quarantine. Abel Cedillo will get the ride for this weekend but all intentions are to bring Saez back aboard when possible.

The horse will be pulling along 127lbs having been assigned a hefty weight under the handicap conditions of the San Diego but that is unlikely to phase bettors as I’m sure everyone will pile on.

Post Positions and Entries for the Grade II San Diego Handicap at Del Mar this Sunday are listed below:

  1. Higher Power
  2. Ax Man
  3. Midcourt
  4. Dark Vader
  5. Maximum Security
  6. Combatant
  7. Sharp Samurai

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