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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
[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."