Every great run has an end. That fact rings especially true because fans of horseracing have seen the last of champions like Maximum Security, who, earlier this week, was retired from racing.
Eclipse Champion Maximum security has been officially retired from racing by his owners and will stand for $20,000 at Central Kentucky for the 2021 breeding season. Last Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic was incidentally his career bow and despite not quite getting the results his trainer and owners expected, he leaves the sport an accomplished champion and will (hopefully) sire talents for the future.
Maximum Security's Record
In 2019, he was named champion three-year-old colt and throughout his career, managed an official record of four Grade I scores that include the Haskell Invitational, Florida Derby, Cigar Mile, and Pacific Classic S. Outside of the US, he also won the Saudi Cup in February this year.
Bred by Mary and Gary West, Maximum Security finishes with a total race record of 14-10-2-0 and astonishing career earnings of $12,431,900. An event that will, no doubt, be etched into the memories of his training and ownership team occurred at this year's Kentucky Derby (G1).
Despite crossing the finish line in first place, Maximum Security was disqualified to 17th for interference. This, alongside his disappointing fifth-place finish at the Breeders' Cup Classic, will stand among the lowest ebbs in his otherwise illustrious career. Maximum Security has been made available for inspection by breeders at Ashford.
Authentic Also Retires
With a racing career that ended on a high note last weekend, the Bob Baffert-trained thoroughbred, Authentic, has been retired to Spendthrift Farm where he will stand for a $75,000 fee. Ahead of his arrival on the farm Monday morning, the farm confirmed the news over the weekend - immediately following his Breeders' Cup Classic win.
Authentic ran magnificently this year, finishing with a win at the Kentucky Derby and the BC Classic. One of Baffert's most cherished thoroughbreds, he proclaimed Authentic as "The best horse in America" as he escorted the thoroughbred to his new home at Spendthrift Farm.
Speaking on the news, Spendthrift General Manager Ned Toffey said:
"Ultimately, we just felt there wasn’t a lot more to accomplish for a Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, so we have decided to retire Authentic to stand alongside his champion sire Into Mischief. We believe in the sire line and feel Authentic is a big part of its future."
War of Will Stands for $25,000
Finally, we have War of Will, a previous-edition Breeders' Cup Classic winner. He has officially been retired and will now reside at the Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky. He will stand for a fee of $25,000 at the farm and has arrived there ahead of the much anticipated 2021 breeding season.
Known for his versatility across racing surface types, he was trained by Mark Casse and owned by Gary Barber. He clinched consecutive wins in Last Year's GIII Lecomte S and followed it with a win at Preakness (G1).