Saudi Arabia opened the gates to the international horse racing community on February 29th 2020, as Maximum Security powered to victory at King Abdulaziz Racetrack to take the $10 Million USD winner’s purse in the inaugural running of The Saudi Cup. 

After a tough battle in early stretch with Bob Baffert’s Mucho Gusto ridden by jockey Irad Ortiz, Maximum Security prevailed over American mare Midnight Bisou to take half of the $20 million purse in the world’s richest horse race and a major step in the Saudi government’s effort to open the Kingdom to other nations and cultures.

“It was a very impressive show today,” said winning jockey Luis Saez from Panama. “That’s what the world was waiting for, and we did it. He’s amazing and has a big heart.”

Trained by Jason Servis from West Virginia, USA, Maximum Security (now in the colours of Coolmore Stud) boasts an enviable race record:

Notable victories include…
Grade 1 Cigar Mile
Grade 3 Bold Ruler
Grade 1 Haskell Invitational
(Disqualified) Kentucky Derby
Grade 1 Florida Derby

A fan favourite, Maximum Security was famously disqualified from the 2019 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, despite being first past the post ahead of Country House who was later called the winner. 

Final result The Saudi Cup 2020 
1st Maximum Security (Luis Saez)
2nd Midnight Bisou (Mike Smith) 
3rd Benbatl (Oisin Murphy) 
4th Mucho Gusto (Irad Ortiz Jr.)
5th Tacitus (Jose Lezcano) 
Gold Dream 
Magic Wand
Great Scot
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  1. D. Kanon says

    And now we find out that the top horses in the race were allegedly doped up, according to the FBI.

    It's amazing the performance improvements you can get if you don't care about the health of the horses.

  2. فهد المطيري says

    Great Saudi Arabia???

  3. cheryl hawkins says


  4. Patrick Duncan Jr. says

    He has proven that he should have never been taken down at the Kentucky Derby

  5. Darlene Works says

    Well done ! Maximum security, Well done ! So well done !

  6. Trout River says

    Us Irish do breed fine horses. Unlike the English

  7. Arnold Strickland says

    He also came from behind usually a front runner props to the 2nd place finisher the Bistro horse

  8. Arnold Strickland says

    This horse is the top horse in world right now in my opinion

  9. Abdulmohsen Alateeq says

    Maximum was disqualified in the Kentucky derby, But here we go you got the victory in the world’s richest race, the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup… I saw your name written in gold board at the gate of Saudi equestrian center as the winner for 1st copy of Saudi Cup… You’re so welcome in our Saudi looking to see you ASAP ?♥️

  10. john jones says

    did the wimmer ever get paid, any body know

  11. Blaise Arwyn says

    Camera work for this is incredible!

  12. John Coppers says

    Gutsiest race of the past 50 years.

  13. M. S. says

    talk about getting the maximum out of your horse

  14. Z. bellini says

    Congrats BUT wait a min

    Someone said that owners never got the prize money

  15. #N17COYS angelo says

    The horse win the pot!?

  16. Safder Lodi says

    I like the Replay …

  17. Safder Lodi says

    Great Fun to Watch ( ˘ ³˘)♥

  18. Russ Kline says


  19. Roscoe Fauni says

    What a run by Maximum Security. Chased the pace, sped up when Mucho Gusto tried to get away, got checked at least twice during the stretch and had to reroute, and still win convincingly.

  20. Интер Стеллар says

    Несправедливо у него забрали победу

  21. MEEZER says

    Horse racing needs to be banned. It is out of control, despite regulations. All those involved, trainers, owners/investors, breeders, vets, jockeys, who are complicit with horse doping and over-breeding should have their ankles hobbled and be forced to run at full speed. Please don't bet, go to, or support horse racing in any fashion. Many of these beautiful creatures end up being sold to slaughter houses and brutally mistreated during that entire process. PLEASE, don't support this evil, vile sport any longer. Enough is enough already.

  22. Pallapothu Sathya says

    Good race-

  23. Jeff Snell says

    They could have ran around the Track again and Nobody was going to get by Maximum Security…Midnight Bisou was Closing but Once Maximum Security hit the Lead he had just as Much Energy to the wire as Midnight Bisou…This was a VERY Gutsy Winner

  24. zigmars kleins says

    Outstanding horse!

  25. Agustin DeJesus says

    Same old news about Maximum Security. Is there anything new after the scandal.

  26. Eynar Cedeño says

    Cuantos metros será 2000 o 1800 copa saudi jinete panameño saludando su mama

  27. Noris Zapata says

    Lo confirmaste Luis Sáez, Panamá, Cuna de los mejores Jinetes del Mundo, Dios te permita seguir cosechando triunfos. Gran Caballo MAXIMUN SECUTITY, ?????

  28. Эл says

    Жакей ???ваше огонь ???

  29. Timothy Sproul says

    Give that horse his money ?

  30. jutka says

    Great race was won here. Truly great horse.

  31. John Coppers says

    This was the greatest race that I have ever seen. Max was getting asked from like 6F on and just could not go past, but he managed to finally do it. That is all heart and genetics. WOW!

  32. Marie Barton-Hanson says

    Adrian McGlynn should resign from Weatherbys for fraud, check out FB page; Unofficial Weatherbys, Fraud, theft, corruption and lies

  33. brigitte solano says


  34. Robert Palmer says

    That turn of foot is why I took this horse at 7/1 in the Florida derby…. Got robbed in the derby …..but that's gambling.

  35. Craig Conley says

    Have they got the purse money yet…..should not!!!

  36. Blunt Skull says

    Awesome Race !

  37. Luis Diaz says

    What a piece of cake this run would have been for the glorious SECRETARIAT. HE would have taken 20 millions in a heart beat.

  38. GSA Architectural & Mechanical Drafting Inc. says

    Thank you very much for sharing this video. Congrats to the winning connections

  39. Chris Thompson says

    Well at least they couldn't cheat him out of this race.

  40. Harry says

    maximum security could have won the triple crown

  41. Raymond Perales says

    Would love to see maximum security run against justify who would win.

  42. Gary S says

    The real Derby winner wins again.

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