10/02/2013 2:55PM

Breeders' Cup Mile: Silver Max enters Shadwell Mile on the rise


For the first half of 2013 it looked like Silver Max’s best days were behind him. The leading early-season 3-year-old turf horse in North America during 2012, Silver Max tailed off last fall and meekly began his campaign this year, finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Appleton at Gulfstream and fourth in the Grade 1 Turf Classic on Derby Day. Things got slightly better in two subsequent dirt starts, an off-the-turf, sloppy-track win over just three foes in the $62,000 Opening Verse, and a third in the Cornhusker Handicap, but then, somewhat out of the blue, Silver Max found himself again.