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Silver Max: Scaring Off the Opponents, Rewarding The Fans!

It didn’t take long for Silver Max to impose his will on the Oliver Stakes at Indiana Downs on Wednesday night. In fact, Silver Max dominated the field before the gates even opened. Just one look at the tote board prior to the 5th race Wednesday night, just one look in the paddock told the story. Looking around at all the open stalls for horses who were SUPPOSED to be running in the Oliver said it all. The Badge of Silver colt simply scared them off.  


The original field was set for 12 horses with 10 betting interests. After it was confirmed that Silver Max  would stay in the race the field was quickly scratched down to 6 horses with 5 betting interests.  Howe Great decided to stay in New York and look for graded stakes company, an easier spot if you ask me. The lone Indiana bred, Senor Rain scratched most likely to run in the Snack stakes for 3 year old Indiana breds this Wednesday.  


Silver Max didn’t care who he was running against or what state he was in, all he cared about was showing the horses left in the field his rear end. Max broke strong under local jockey Victor Lebron who picked up the mount for Robby Albarado. The Dale Romans charge quickly spurted clear going into the first turn taking a comfortable 2 length lead. Victor relaxed Max to an early quarter of 23.96. A Z Ridge attempted to pressure Max from the start to no avail. Travel Advisory was closer than normal in this short field, sitting 3rd through the early stages. Max went 47.11 for the half and 1:10.64 for six furlongs. As they reached the quarter pole Travel Advisory moved to the outside of Max’s flank attempting to make a run at him, the badge of Silver colt was just too special. Max drew off to annihilate the field by 6 ¼ lengths, setting a new track record of 1:33.88 making his odds of 1/9 look like an absolute gift. Max's stablemate, Cozzetti closed to out nod Travel Advisory for 2nd, A Z Ridge finished 4th. 


























I stood behind the winners circle so I could get a perfect view. I watched patiently as Dale Romans waited for his victorious colt to return from battle. I listened as one of the owner’s or maybe it was Romans, asked Victor, and I’m paraphrasing, “So, will he go a mile and a quarter? Victor’s response, “All Day.”  This makes me think he’ll be making his next start in the grade I Secretariat or the grade II Virginia Derby, although at the moment I didn’t care. I was just enjoying the present. I was standing with two of my good horse racing buddies Roger and Matt as we all talked in unison and in agreement, that we just witnessed the best 3 year old turf horse in the country.  


There were several reasons to be happy Wednesday night. I was happy to be with friends and to see a great field compete in the Oliver. I was ecstatic to see Silver Max win so impressively, I was even more happy for one of my favorite jockeys, Victor Lebron to get the pick up mount and deliver with a great ride to take home a huge purse. It was sweet redemption for Victor after losing the mount on Hansen in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year.   


Seeing Victor win on Silver Max was a great reward for the Indiana Downs patrons. I’m not talking about the people that drove in just for this race who only come to Indy Downs once or twice a year. I’m talking about us “loyalists,” guys like Roger and Matt that are there day in and day out supporting the track and who are  burning to see great racing and great horses. Wednesday night, Matt, Roger, myself and anyone else that witnessed the Oliver were repaid with a maximum amount of Silver Max.


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Set a track record on a turf course that played towards closers.. Definitely needs to be upgraded. It was a great time though. What a horse he is..
So happy you were there for this. I think the Beyer needs to be slightly upgraded (from 94) - feels higher
Glad to hear that Scott and his friends enjoyed watching Silver Max run at IN Downs.
Throw in Ultimate Eagle, Little Mike, Get Stormy, and Howe Great, and you have yourself a horse race, Brian. Oh, and add Wise Dan for good measure.
Going to be a great summer.. We need to get you to Arlington Mr.Shifman!!!
Yes, I need to see Mr. C at a mile-and-a-quarter as well!
That was such an amazing performance by Silver Max and you got to be there. Union Rags and Silver Max in the same week is so sweet.
After watching that performance, it's easy to see why Victor says he'll go a mile and a quarter all day. I have to agree. Hey Brian! How about a show down with your favorite turf horse?
A mile and a quarter All Day says Victor ... I love it. Glad you got to see this serious turf horse at home in Indiana, Scott!

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