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Breeders' Cup 2017

Silver Max upsets Wise Dan in the Shadwell

Wise Dan has been unstoppable for over a year now. In his last nine races, no one has beaten the Titan of the Turf to the wire. All that changed today, though, thanks to Mother Nature. A heavy deluge drenched picturesque Keeneland, turning the polytrack to a wet mess and causing the Shadwell Turf Mile to come off the turf.
Normally surface has never been an issue for Wise Dan, who holds a course record for 9 furlongs over Keeneland’s polytrack main strip. Despite the change in surface, everyone was confident that Wise Dan’s win streak would continue, and bettors sent him off as the 1-2 favorite. The move to the main track also changed the distance of the race, taking it from a mile flat to a mile and a sixteenth.
A break in the rain meant that fans and jockeys alike had a better view than in the races immediately prior to the Shadwell in which you could barely see inches in front of you. Breaking from the very inside and second from the outside, Argentinia-bred Winning Prize and Silver Max went straight out for the lead, but Silver Max won the battle for the lead despite Winning Prize’s post advantage. From the far outside, Wise Dan broke well to move up into a nice stalking position, but Hogy and Handsome Mike were right there, floating him about 4-5 wide. On the front end, Silver Max set a fairly brisk pace, putting the opening quarter up in 23:79 and the half up in 46:73.
Wheeling for home, Silver Max continued to look strong and sure on the lead while Hogy began to fade. Multiple graded stakes winner Willcox Inn began his bid from the back of the field while the reigning Horse of the Year made his move up the center of the course. With jockey Robby Albarado steadily urging him on, Silver Max repelled Wise Dan’s bid, not letting the chestnut gelding within a length of him. The stubborn colt crossed the wire a 1 ¼-length winner as the second betting choice. He stopped the clock in 1.42:06 and paid $17.00/$4.40/$4.00.
Wise Dan ($2.60/$2.10) was the best of the rest in second followed by a quickly closing Willcox Inn ($4.80) in third. Argentina’s best turf miler could only manage a 4th with the surface and distance change, and the order of finish was completed by Coalport, Skyring, Summer Front, Hogy, Turralure, and Handsome Mike.
Silver Max’s win today announced that he truly has returned to his early 3-year old form. Last year the Badge of Silver colt won 6 straight races before tailing off and finishing off the board in every start between August 2012 and June 2013. He finally made it back to the winner’s circle in an overnight stakes, but then dropped his next race. Since his 3rd in the Cornhusker, Silver Max has been perfect. The colt still does not have that elusive Grade 1 victory, however. Due to the surface change, the Shadwell was downgraded from Grade 1 to Grade 2.
The Shadwell Turf Mile was to be a “Win and You’re In” championship race for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, but lost that designation with the surface switch. Wise Dan already has a berth by virtue of his course record setting win in the Woodbine Mile last out.
The Breeders' Cup has elected to reinstate entry fee benefits to the connections of Shadwell Turf Mile winner Silver Max and G3 Bourbon Stakes winner Poker Player. However, neither will be granted an automatic berth to their respective races and will have to qualify on the basis of Breeders' Cup points or through the racing directors and secretaries panel selection. According to the Breeders' Cup rules, an automatic berth cannot be awarded to the winner of a challenge race that is taken off turf. However, since no horses were scratched and the American Graded Stakes Committee reinstated the original grades for both races, the Breeders' Cup elected to reinstate entry fee awards.


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Nayrod,why would you say that.He ran a very big race,Johnny V. never put the screws to him(rightly so)This is not the trophy they were after. Do not be little Super Maxs' effort. Since the race on Haskell Day,he has been in magnificent form.Fact Johnny V. did not rush Dan off of his feet and attempt to win at all costs.This should bring light to what i have been saying.This nonsense of Undefeated seasons and H.O.T.Y. votings. A lthough a great honor and all would love to be the recipients of the award.The thought process never comes in to play during the year.Kudos to J.R. and the connections for putting Horse before glory and fame.
Leave it to Polytrack to end the Wise Dan streak.
Tom it rained so hard later on that on the TV screen it was as thick as fog. No kidding. At one point water was sitting on the Polytrac, visible like puddles. J.R. made a comment in the DRF that they got beat fair and square, but that Wise Dan was tiring and that it seemed like he couldn’t get his footing. For me, I draw a line through the race. In the mile race at Santa Anita, Obviously got beat also. In fact I don’t believe he made the top three, this after leading to about the 8th pole. It was a weird day for favorites.
  • GregRiessland · you knew obvioulsy was going to bridge jump after he struggled his last race to win. · 1471 days ago
  • GregRiessland · you knew obvioulsy was going to bridge jump after he struggled his last race to win. · 1471 days ago
Dan can run on anything, which he's proven that. That particular surface wasn't agreeable with him. He showed no interest and didn't even tried. This animal didn't want to run!
Dan can run on anything, which he's proven that. That particular surface wasn't agreeable with him. He showed no interest and didn't even tried. This animal didn't want to run!
Dan can run on anything, which he's proven that. That particular surface wasn't agreeable with him. He showed no interest and didn't even tried. This animal didn't want to run!
I know I'm speaking with 20/20 hindsight and I know it's not the "sportsman-like" thing to do, but they should have scratched him. No good was going to come out of running on a over-saturated polytrack. No win-and-in (he didn't even need it anyway, he's already got one), no Grade I, and it's not like running on a wet polytrack was going to be an effective prep for the BC Mile. Add that to the fact that he's a lot less likely to dominate like he usually does in a turf mile. HOTY voters would be more likely to forget a scratch than a loss, and if Game On Dude losses the Classic he would have been a slam dunk repeat winner.
108 BSF for Silver Max's splash on the plastic track.
It was on the turf.
Laz was that on the turf or dirt. Like we both said,we do not pay attention to Beyer numbers. How were the other races during the day.
Kid Dreams, 17 seconds off the track record and he gets a 110 Beyer.
Tom I don't know if you saw the Hawthorne Derby, but the turf was so saturated that Kid Dreams won the 9F race in 2.01.49 and I just saw where he actually got a 110 Beyer. Wierd.
Laz, i saw the replay of the 3rd race.The weather was clear,dd it rain later on in the day.
The race has been downgraded to a G2 and lost its win and you're in Breeders Cup status.
This one WAS downgraded.
yep this is the case
I thought that once a race moved off the surface, it had to drop a grade or is that just selective contests?
Bummer that the race was not a Win and Your In race, it will cost Silver Max's connections a lot of money. I understand that it is not a turf race now but it really seems unfair to all the connections.
Sword, It was taken off the turf because of the rain today. It became a poly race at 1 1/16 mi. instead of a turf race at a mile, and apparently lost its "win and you're in" status as well.
It is call the Shadwell Turf Mile and run on a poly track? Well, I'm confused.

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