Silver Max

Badge of Silver - Kissin Rene, by Kissin Kris

Breed Your Mare to the Max

  • Bred tremendous first book: 4.18 CPI, #1 in Canada & 2nd only to American Pharoah in his sire crop 
  • Record-setting Grade 1 winner
  • Only horse to defeat 2X Horse of the Year Wise Dan in his last 15 starts
  • 7X Graded stakes winner of nearly $2 million
  • "Exceptionally gifted racehorse with natural speed" - Dale Romans
  • First at every point of call in all 12 victories
  • Stakes winner on all-weather, dirt & turf
  • Course record-setter at a mile (1:33.4)
  • Wire-to-wire Grade 2 winner at Classic 10F distance
  • Defeated G1 winner Finnegan's Wake in G2 $600,000 Va. Derby
Silver Max Badge of Silver Silver Deputy Deputy Minister
Silver Valley
Silveroo Silver Hawk
Hey Mama
Kissin Rene
Kissin Kris Kris S.
Toes Forward
Monique Rene Prince of Ascot
Party Date

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Silver Max - Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) over Wise Dan
Silver Max - Bernard Baruch H. (G2)
Silver Max - $600,000 Virginia Derby (G2)
Race Record
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 5 0 5 0 $48,335
3 10 7 0 0 $820,875
4 8 4 0 1 $909,193
5 4 1 0 0 $176,335
Totals 27 12 5 1 $1,954,738

At 3


  • Virginia Derby -G2 
  • American Turf S. -G2 
  • Transylvania S. -G3
  • Arlington Classic S.
  • Oliver S. new course record

At 4


  • Shadwell Turf Mile. -G1, defeating Wise Dan
  • Bernard Baruch H. -G2
  • Oceanport S. -G3


  • Cornhussker H. -G3

At 5


  • Firecracker S. -G2


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.

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Updated October 15, 2016

By the Silver Deputy son Badge of Silver, second-year Silver Max is the most promising Deputy Minister-line stallion to retire to Ontario in recent years.

Mr. Prospector-line mares are especially promising for Silver Max as Silver Deputy (dam by Mr. P.), along with his sons and grandsons, have sired over 70 stakes winners out of mares that return that influence.

Silver Deputy male-line descendants have sired at least eight stakes winners with Forty Niner-line mares including G1W Kodiak Kowboy (dam by Coronado’s Quest). End Sweep is the damsire of a stakes winner by Badge of Silver and a stakes winner by the Silver Deputy son Posse. Other sources of Forty Niner include Distorted Humor and his sons Sharp Humor, Any Given Saturday & Flower Alley.

Mares from the Fappiano offshoot should also go well with Silver Max. Silver Deputy-line stallions have sired at least nine stakes winners, four graded and two Grade 1 winners out of Fappiano-line mares. Three of these are out of a mares by the Fappiano grandson Unbridled’s Song.

The larger Deputy Minister/Caro cross has yielded at least 17 stakes winners globally including a stakes winner by Badge of Silver out of a mare by Indian Charlie. This puts mares by Indian Charlie’s top young son Uncle Mo in the game for Silver Max. Cozzene and his sons Alphabet Soup and Running Stag are collectively the damsires of six of these stakes winners. Other sources of Cozzene are Mizzen Mast and his son Mast Track.

Silver Deputy over Blushing Groom has produced six stakes winners (four graded, one Grade 1), all of them out of mares by Rahy.

The Storm Cat son Giant’s Causeway is out of a Rahy mare and his daughters and granddaughters are worth consideration. Daughters of Giant’s Causeway’s top Canadian son, Adena Spring North’s own Giant Gizmo, are especially attractive based on his success as a sire with the Vice Regent/Deputy Minister influence (nearly 60% of his stakes horses).

Badge of Silver has sired a stakes winner out of a mare by Forest Wildcat, the damsire of at least two other stakes winners by Deputy Minister-line stallions. The Deputy Minister/Storm Cat cross has produced at least 22 stakes winners worldwide with Tale of the Cat showing as the damsire of a pair of those. Daughters of the Canadian stallion Old Forester, a son of Forestry, can be considered for Silver Max as well.

Mares by two-time Canadian champion sire Milwaukee Brew should go well with Silver Max. As a sire Milwaukee Brew has done exceptionally well with Vice Regent/Deputy Minister-influenced mares (15 stakes horses) so the reverse of this prolific cross is also worth trying.

Badge of Silver has sired a Group 1 winner out of a mare by the Buckpasser grandson Silver Charm, one of at least three stakes winners bred Silver Deputy over Buckpasser. The Buckpasser son Spend a Buck is found in the pedigree of another Badge of Silver stakes winner, putting mares by the former Adena Springs Spend a Buck stallion Einstein squarely in play for Silver Max.

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