Dan beaten at Belmont
Wise Dan's nine-race winning streak was dramatically halted by Silver Max in the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Belmont Park.
Last season's Breeders' Cup Mile hero came with a strong run at the top of the straight, but he could not get to the front-running Silver Max, who had a length and a quarter in reserve at the line.
Wise Dan's trainer, Charles LoPresti, felt the rain-softened surface could have contributed to the six-year-old's downfall.
He said: "Maybe (he lost) with the water on it (the track), as it was more sticky. That's what it looks like to me, but I am not going to make any excuses. He ran a great race - he really did.
"Johnny Velazquez (jockey) said Silver Max won fair and square - he just got loose on the front end."
Silver Max's trainer Dale Romans said: "He's got such a high cruising speed. I threw him to the wolves probably a little quicker than I should have, but we backed up and regrouped and he's strong this fall. We had a tired horse last fall. This fall we're just peaking."