Cigar Mile at the Big A Draws 11-Horse Field

By Richard Rosenblatt

Maximum Security

Maximum Security

Maximum Security may have his toughest race of the year when he takes on older horses for the first time as well as Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Spun to Run in the $750,000 Cigar Mile (G1) on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

A formidable field of 11 has been entered for the prestigious race, and could help determine the Eclipse Award winner for champion 3-year-old male.

Gary and Mary West’s Maximum Security, who finished first the Kentucky Derby (G1) but was DQ’d for interference and placed 17th, comes into the race off victories in the Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park and the Bold Ruler (G3) at Belmont Park. The Jason Servis-trainee has finished first in seven of his eight career starts, and a win on Saturday would certainly give him a claim to the 3-year-old championship.

Robert P. Donaldson’s Spun to Run, also a 3-year-old, is coming off a victory in the BC Dirt Mile last month, and provides stiff competition. Spun to Run was third in the Haskell.

Post time for the Cigar Mile is 4:16 p.m. ET. The race will be televised on FS2 and MSG+ from 3-4:30 p.m.

The field, from the rail out (with trainer, jockey, weights):

Cigar Mile

 Horse   Trainer   Jockey Weight
Whitmore Ron Moquett Joel Rosario 120
Bal Harbour Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 117
Forewarned Anthony Salgado Uriah St. Lewis 115
Pat On the Back Jeremiah Englehart Dylan Davis 118
Maximum Security Jason Servis Luis Saez 122
Spun to Run Jose Carlos Guerrero Irad Ortiz, Jr 120
Nicodemus Linda Rice Manny Franco 117
Network Effect Chad Brown Javier Castellano 115
Looking At Bikinis Chad Brown Jose Ortiz 114
Tale of Silence Barclay Tagg Jose Alvarado  117
True Timber Kiaran McLaughlin Joe Bravo  116