Silver Max upsets Wise Dan in main-track Shadwell Turf Mile

Updated: October 5, 2013

Lexington, KY ( – Heavy rain during Saturday’s Keeneland
race card forced the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile from the grass course to the
main track and a change in distance.

However, Silver Max found no problem in the changes and defeated Horse of the
Year Wise Dan in the race. The Shadwell was run at 1 1/16 miles over
Keeneland’s synthetic main surface.

Because of the shift to the main track, the Shadwell Turf Mile was removed
from the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” series for this year.

Trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Robby Albarado, Silver Max set the pace
from shortly after the start and prevented any of the other nine runners,
including Wise Dan, to seriously challenge the 4-year-old colt.

Around the final turn, Silver Max had a two-length lead over Wise Dan as the
two separated themselves from the field. Down the stretch, Wise Dan and jockey
John Velazquez were unable to overtake Silver Max who went on to post a 1 1/4-
length victory over the reigning Horse of the Year.

Finishing third was Willcox Inn followed by Winning Prize, Coalport, Skyring,
Summer Front, Hogy, Turallure and Handsome Mike. There were no scratches due
to the change of surface and distance.

The time for 1 1/16-mile Shadwell Turf Mile was 1:42.06 on Keeneland’s
synthetic main track.

This was the third time Silver Max faced Wise Dan. In last year’s Shadwell
Turf Mile, Silver Max was ninth, 10 lengths behind Wise Dan. The two horses
ran in this year’s Turf Classic at Churchill Downs where Silver Max finished
seven lengths behind the champion in fourth-place.

Silver Max, owned by Mark Bacon and Dana Wells, picks up $450,000 with the
victory, his third straight this year. The colt has a career record of 11 wins
in twice as many starts and $1,658,403.

The 4-year-old won the Oceanport Handicap at Monmouth Park on July 28 and came
back to win the Bernard Baruch at Saratoga on Aug. 31.

Silver Max returned $17.00, $4.40 and $4.00. Wise Dan, who had his nine-race
win streak stopped, paid $2.60 and $2.10 as the 1-2 favorite, and Willcox Inn
paid $4.80 to show.