Bacon and Dana Wells’ Silver Max took the lead out of the gate and
cruised to a 5 1/2-length victory over Travel Advisory to win the 24th running of the $100,000 Transylvania (G3) for 3-year-olds on opening day of the 15-day Spring Meet at Keeneland.
by Dale Romans and ridden by Robby Albarado, Silver Max covered the 1
1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:41.81 and posted the largest
margin of victory in the history of the race. The victory in the
Transylvania was the second for Albarado, who won the race in 2008 with
victory was worth $60,000 and increased Silver Max’s earnings to
$169,475 with a record of 9-3-5-0. Silver Max is a Kentucky-bred son of
Badge of Silver out of the Kissin Kris mare Kissin Rene.
Max led the field through fractions of :23.46, :47.37 and 1:11.81 with a
daylight lead over State of Play and Icon Ike, who were in closest
pursuit. Turning for home, Icon Ike moved into second only to see Silver
Max spurt away.
Max returned $8.60, $4.20 and $2.80 as the third choice in the field of
six. Travel Advisory, ridden by Manny Cruz, rallied for second and
returned $6.20 and $4 with State of Play finishing another 1 ¼ lengths
back in third under John Velazquez and paying $2.80 to show. Favored
Monastic finished 2 1/4 lengths back in fourth and was followed in order
by Icon Ike and Wayward Sailor.