It was supposed to be Hidden Scroll’s day, the time that the Justify-esque colt stopped dazzling onlookers with his workouts and took some Derby points. Or Code of Honor was supposed to emerge as the Derby favorite.
Instead, we have Maximum Security, an undefeated claimer who went wire to wire in the Florida Derby. And there is still no clear Derby favorite.
Maximum Security took advantage of a good start and set lethargic fractions on route to an impressive 3 1/2-length victory over Bodexpress, a 71-1 maiden. Code of Honor finished a disappointing third. Hidden Scroll? They’re still looking for him; he finished sixth, the second time in a row he has failed to live up to expectations. He’s off the Derby Trail.
Maximum Security was claimed by trainer Jason Servis in a $16,000 claiming race in December and has now won four in a row. Bodexpress, the son of Bodemeister, could be only the 11th maiden to enter the Derby and the first since Trojan Nation in 2016.