Silver Max ended reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan’s winning streak at nine Saturday, winning the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.
Silver Max, a 4-year-old colt trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Robby Albarado, beat Wise Dan by 1¼ lengths in the race moved to the synthetic Polytrack because of heavy rain.
The surface change meant that the race no longer guaranteed the winner a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Mile next month at Santa Anita, along with the paid travel and entry fees.
Silver Max ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.06 and paid $17, $4.40, and $4. Wise Dan returned $2.60 and $2.10, and Willcox Inn paid $4.80 to show.
In the other races, We Miss Artie won the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity and filly Better Lucky won the $400,000 First Lady.
Belmont — Artemis Agrotera and Havana both improved to 2 for 2 with victories in $500,000 stakes races for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park in New York.
The wins guaranteed the duo starting spots in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile stakes next month.
Artemis Agrotera held off Sweet Reason, the 3-5 favorite, by 1¼ lengths in the Frizette for fillies. Jose Lezcano rode for trainer Mike Hushion as she paid $10.60 to win. The time was 1:36.25 for the mile.
Havana took charge on the turn and held off Honor Code by a head in the Champagne. Irad Ortiz Jr. was in the saddle for trainer Todd Pletcher as Havana paid $7.20 to win. The time was 1:35.81.
In the supporting stakes, Up With the Birds captured the $500,000 Jamaica Handicap for 3-year-olds on the turf. Cornelio Velasquez was aboard for Canadian-based trainer Malcolm Pierce as the colt improved to 6 for 9. He paid $10.20 to win.
Indiana Derby — Power Broker beat Bradester by 1¾ lengths in the $500,000 Indiana Derby at Shelbyville, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a record third win in the race.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, Power Broker ran 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy track in 1:41.95 and paid $5.40, $3.80 and $3.20 as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 12 3-year-old colts.
Santa Anita Sprint — Points Offthebench rallied to win the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship by a half-length to give trainer Tim Yakteen his first Grade 1 win at the Arcadia, Calif., track.
Points Offthebench ran 6 furlongs in 1:08 and paid $11.20.
Hawthorne Derby — Kid Dreams scored a 7¾-length victory in the $200,000 Grade 3 9-furlong race, paying $11.20, at Stickney, Ill.