01.15.2017

Silver Max's First Foal is a Filly

Adena Springs North stallion Silver Max, a seven-time graded stakes winner, sired his first......

Adena Springs North stallion Silver Max, a seven-time graded stakes winner, sired his first reported foal when a filly was born at Frank Stronach's facility near Ontario, Canada at 4 p.m. EST Jan. 12.

The filly is the first foal out of Stronach's homebred mare Blue Dahlia, a winning daughter of Giant's Causeway who herself is out of graded stakes winner Spring Waltz.

Campaigned by Mark Bacon and Dana Wells, Silver Max was a consistent top-level performer under the care of trainer Dale Romans. The son of Badge of Silver enjoyed some of his best moments at Keeneland, earning his first graded score in the 2012 Transylvania Stakes (G3T) and most famously defeating eventual two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the 2013 edition of the grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile when that race came off the turf due to inclement weather and was run on Keeneland's then-synthetic main track.

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Silver Max retired to Adena Springs North with 12 wins from 27 career starts and $1,954,738 in earnings. He covered 40 mares during his initial breeding season. The Class Performance Index (CPI) of those mares is 4.18, the highest of any Canadians stallion in 2016 and second only to American Pharoah among first year North American stallions.

Bred by Steve C. Snowden, Seth Lauffer, and Will Lauffer, Silver Max is slated to stand the 2017 season for an advertised fee of CAN$4,000 stands and nurses.

edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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01.14.2017

Macho Uno's Tommy Macho Powers to Third Graded Victory

Paul Pompa Jr. and J Stables’ Tommy Macho recovered from a stumble on the far turn to split horses......

Paul Pompa Jr. and J Stables’ Tommy Macho recovered from a stumble on the far turn to split horses turning for home and power down the stretch for a 5 ¾-length victory in the $150,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) Saturday at Gulfstream Park. He earned a 107 Beyer Speed Figure for the sparkling effort.

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A 5-year-old son of Macho Uno sent off as the 5-2 favorite in a field of nine, Tommy Macho ($7.20) won for the first time since his dominant victory in the Fred Hooper (G3) last February at Gulfstream. He went unraced for eight months after coming up with a chipped knee and returned to finish off the board in a pair of starts to cap an abbreviated 2016 campaign.

“Unfortunately we had to do knee surgery on him after he won here last year so it’s almost been a year to get him back on form. His first couple of starts he seemed a little bit rusty but he’s been training better and it seems like he likes this track a lot,” winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. “Anytime you have a horse come back from a knee injury like that and have to have surgery and come back and regain form, it’s fun and rewarding to see him come back and do well.”

A half-brother to Hall of Fame mare Rachel Alexandra, Dolphus broke sharply from his rail post and was an eager leader through an opening quarter-mile in 23.15 seconds, tracked to his outside by Bird Song with Tommy Macho and Unbridled Outlaw in close pursuit.

Dolphus was still in front after running a half-mile in 45.37 as Bird Song ranged up to launch a bid on the outside and Realm found room along the rail to slip past Tommy Macho into fourth. Tommy Macho bobbled and lost his stride behind Unbridled Outlaw but quickly regained his momentum and put in a strong bid between Bird Song and Realm approaching the stretch.

“It looked like he kind of got cut off a little bit and clipped heels and bobbled there for a second, but right after that he got up and took off,” Pletcher said. “We’ve been pointing for this for a while and it’s nice to see him come over and step up.”

Tommy Macho accelerated and opened up on his rivals after straightening for home, completing the distance in 1:35.20 over a fast main track. Bird Song continued on to finish second, 1 ½ lengths ahead Realm. It was another head back to Ami’s Flatter in fourth.

Tommy Macho now has a trio of Graded Stakes victories on his resume and a career bankroll of $548,970.

-edited from www.GulstreamPark.com

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