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Maximum Security wins Florida Derby, earns Kentucky Derby berth

Maximum Security goes wire-to-wire at Gulfstream Park to win the Florida Derby.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Maximum Security bolted from the gate and never got caught, going wire-to-wire to win the Florida Derby on Saturday and earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

Unbeaten in four career starts, Maximum Security won easily and held off 70-1 long-shot Bodexpress - a maiden who likely has enough points to get to the Kentucky Derby as well. Code of Honor, the Fountain of Youth winner who was already assured of a trip to Churchill Downs to start the Triple Crown season, was third.

Maximum Security was ridden by Luis Saez and returned $11.60, $7.40 and $5.40. Bodexpress paid $47.40 and $16.60 and Code of Honor paid $4.20 to show. It was the first Florida Derby win for trainer Jason Servis, who says the victory “hasn’t hit me yet.”