Mark Bacon & Dana Wells

Silver Max, Shadwell Turf Mile, Keeneland, October 5th 2013

Trained by Dale Romans, Sire: Badge of Silver. Dam: Kissin

Dana Wells and Mark Bacon, both 46 years old, met at the Sports Spectrum, a simulcast center in Louisville. Wells, who lived in Louisville for four years before returning to his native Phoenix, was named the 37th best player at the University of Arizona by the Tucson Citizen and the Arizona Republic in its joint list of the top fifty players for the Wildcats.

Wells, a 6-foot-1 defensive lineman, played for Arizona for four years and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 11th round of the 1989 NFL Draft. He played in one game for the Bengals in 1989, spent the next season on the Cardinals’ practice squad.

Wells joined CBS outdoor advertising in 1991 as an account executive in Atlanta. He then served as a general manager in Louisville, Florida and New York before he was promoted to Executive Vice-President of the company’s billboard division in 2007. CBS Outdoor has more than $2 billion in revenue selling billboard and other media display space.

Bacon is the Managing Director of Southern Comfort at Brown-Forman. He’s been with Southern Comfort for 23 years and travels internationally as its brand manager.

Bacon and Wells bought Silver Max for $20,000 in the Fasig-Tipton July 2010 Select Yearling Sale. Bacon’s eight-year-old son Max named the horse.   

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