Dale Romans, winning trainer of Silver Max
“When he’s on his game, if he was going to get beat, tonight would have been the time. Nobody could catch him. Hopefully he stay together for the rest of year,” about going a mile and a quarter, the yielding track with a loose horse.
“It just took a while to get his game together,” about Silver Max finishing second in five starts in 2011 and winning his seventh straight in 2012.
“We’ll take three or four over there and try and get the money,” about next month’s $400,000 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park.
|Different story, same result for speedy SILVER MAX. (Coady photo)|
Robby Alvardo, winning jockey of Silver Max
“A bit concerned. I didn’t want Max to get aggressive and think that horse was a contender. He fights off all rivals. If he does contend he might have taken off early. He was content. He was fine. He was in my hands. I heard Dale’s jock coming at me but Silver Max is a tremendous horse," about the saddle slip of Two Months Rent.
“That was the question today. I think he answered it for us. It was about how I could contain the first quarter and half a mile. And he proved it with 24 & 4/5ths and 50. With those splits with this kind of horse, it’s obvious he going to come home nice. And he did and I think he exceeds the expectation of a lot of people today concerning the distance," about the significance of the win by Silver Max.
|SILVER MAX is named after owner's Mark Bacon's son.|
Mark Bacon, who owns Silver Max with Dana Wells
“Tonight I was really glad to have Robby aboard. On the backstretch a horse came and passed him. I know that hasn’t happened for a while. So it was actually good experience for him to be headed and see how he reacted. The outcome spoke for itself and he had something in the tank there.
Kent Desormeaux, jockey aboard Finnegan’s Wake (3rd), also trained by Dale Romans.
“I thought I was the winner at the quarter pole.”
|Trainer Dale Romans with Donegal's Racing's Jerry Crawford (Finnegan's Wake) and track photographer Jeff Coady.|
Dale Romans, trainer of Finnegan’s Wake (3rd) and winner Silver Max
“He might have moved a little early a bit on him trying to catch Max. I wish would have set could have run second or 1-2. Yes he ran well. Proud of him also.”
Horacio Karamanos, jockey aboard Optimizer (4th).
“My horse ran so good. I was waiting for him to get out. He likes to get outside first. He ran so good, so big, the last part of the race.”
|OPTIMIZER arrives in the Colonial paddock.|
Sheldon Russell, jockey aboard Mr. Handsome (6th)
“I was happy the way my horse ran. I took him back looking trying to make one run. We would have like to have more speed up front. He’s sort of one pace, my horse. I got to the half mile pole and I knew we were in trouble at the mile post because we had gone so slow early on. When I was time to go, he just got outkicked. He came home good.”
Ramon Dominquez, jockey aboard Easy Crossing (7th).
“I was too far back. No winning chance for me.”