Making his first start since finishing fourth in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), favored Silver Max wired his seven rivals in Churchill Downs' Firecracker Stakes (gr. IIT), covering the mile in 1:34.21.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Badge of Silver, who won the Jan. 1 San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) in his first grass start, will not enter stud at Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., as originally planned.