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:

Cigar Mile
 Horse   Trainer   Jockey Odds
Whitmore Ron Moquett Joel Rosario 8-1
Bal Harbour Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 8-1
Forewarned Anthony Salgado Uriah St. Lewis 30-1
Pat On the Back Jeremiah Englehart Dylan Davis 15-1
Maximum Security Jason Servis Luis Saez 3-2
Spun to Run Jose Carlos Guerrero Irad Ortiz, Jr 5-2
Nicodemus Linda Rice Manny Franco 20-1
Network Effect Chad Brown Javier Castellano 15-1
Looking At Bikinis Chad Brown Jose Ortiz 15-1
Tale of Silence Barclay Tagg Jose Alvarado  20-1
True Timber Kiaran McLaughlin Joe Bravo  15-1
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