03/27/2013 4:30PM

Gulfstream Park: Silver Max returns in Appleton

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Silver Max, whose victories last year include the Virginia Derby (above), makes his 4-year-old debut in the Appleton.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Silver Max, who at one point last year won six consecutive races, makes his 4-year-old debut in a seemingly wide open renewal of the Grade 3 Appleton Stakes at a mile.

Silver Max, trained by Dale Romans, won at distances ranging from a mile to 1 1/4 miles last year including the Grade 2 Virginia Derby. He has not run since finishing ninth behind Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Shadwell Turf Mile.

Silver Max, who has been working bullets over Gulfstream’s turf course, will break from post 7 in the 12-horse field under Robby Albarado.

The field includes Joes Blazing Aaron, Beaux Choix and Za Approval, the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers behind Data Link in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf.