Improbable and Maximum Security Retired

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Sunday, November 8, 2020
The two stablesmates, IMPROBABLE and MAXIMUM SECURITY, have both been retired to stud. IMPROBABLE lost the Breeders' Cup Classic yesterday to younger stablemate AUTHENTIC by two and a quarter lengths. He left Keeneland Sunday morning to WinStar Farm, where he will stand at stud for $40,000. 

MAXIMUM SECURITY finished fifth behind his stablemates and was hauled Sunday morning to Coolmore Ashfrod, where he will also begin stud duty in the spring. 

These two horses being retired leaves some stalls to be filled by trainer Bob Baffert who will head back to California with awards from AUTHENTIC and GAMINE. The decision as to whether or not AUTHENTIC will continue to race as a four year old or if he will also be retired to stud duty at Spendthrift Farm is yet to be determined. It has been reported by both the farm and that they will discuss the options ahead with all partners and make the best desicision for the good of the horse. 

Both IMPROBABLE and MAXIMUM SECURITY have achieved much in their careers. IMPROBABLE stands in good position to be awarded the older dirt male title. IMPROBABLE should win an Eclipse Award due to winning three Grade 1 races as an older dirt runner. He did outrun MAXIMUM SECURITY and TOM'S D'ETAT in the Classic. For Baffert, MAXIMUM SECURITY just didn't show up yesterday in the Classic. 

IMPROBABLE's top career wins include the Awesome Again Stakes (G1), Whitney Stakes (G1) and Hollywood Stakes (G1) this year alone. He won the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (G1) in 2018 and was second in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in 2019. 

MAXIMUM SECURITY is well-known for the controversial 2019 Kentucky Derby in which he was downgraded to 17th place. However, this year he won the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) and San Diego Handicap (G2). In 2019, he won the Florida Derby (G2), Haskell (G1) and Cigar Mile (G1). His stud fee is still to be determined. 


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