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Though disappointed in the outcome of Saturday's Grade 2 Fourstardave, trainer Dale Romans praised winner Seek Again and expressed nothing but admiration for his own beaten favorite, Silver Max.

 

Owned by Mark Bacon and Dana Wells, Silver Max set a blistering pace for a half-mile while pressed by Sayaad before fading to finish last of six in the one-mile Fourstardave. The winner, Bill Mott-trained Seek Again, set an inner turf course track record of 1:33.25.

 

"It's easy to get beat here. What's the nickname of this place?" said Romans, referring to Saratoga's reputation as the "Graveyard of Favorites." "That thing of Mott's could be a freak. He might be the next Wise Dan. They went fast early and finished fast. Usually in a race like that the front-runners are dying and the stragglers are picking up the pieces, but he finished on his belly. They all did.

 

"There's no shame getting beat by him, and if you're going to get beat, you might as well get beat. There wasn't anything about the track especially, those were just fast horses. You set a track record on this [course], you're doing something. They've had some nice horses run over this racetrack."

 

Winner of the Grade 2 Firecracker at Churchill Downs in his previous start, Silver Max beat two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the off-the-turf Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile last fall. He has 12 wins and $1,923,598 in purse earnings from 25 lifetime races.

 

"He's all right. We just took a beatdown, that's all. He'll be back," said Romans. "[Jockey] Robby [Albarado] just took care of him. He jogged back fine, he looked good coming back, he cooled out good. We'll just reload and try him again somewhere, draw a line through it and go on like it never happened.

 

"Leaving [the track] I was upset we lost, but I got in the car and thought, here's a horse we paid $20,000 for that's won 12 races for me and [nearly] $2 million. He doesn't owe me a [darn] thing, so I came back and gave him a carrot."

 

 

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