08/14/2013 6:08PM

A LoPresti Double

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Trainer Charles LoPresti had an amazing week at Saratoga. 

His 2012 Horse of the Year, WISE DAN, successfully toted 129 pounds in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap and looked none the worse for wear after eight furlongs on turf.  Good horses get good trips and Wise Dan has the tactical speed to find forward position in almost every start.  In the Fourstardave, Wise Dan again grabbed the pocket before easing out on the final turn to challenge KING KREESA.  The pacesetter was game, but Wise Dan was simply in another league. 

"To prove that he's a great horse like everybody's talking about, he had to carry that weight," LoPresti told NYRA Communications after the Fourstardave. "I think he proved that he's a very good horse. I was worried about that front-runner. When he cruised up to him on equal terms, he had so much horse he just went right on by him. Johnny [Velazquez] just kind of rode him out. Johnny had so much confidence in him. They started to pick it up and ran fast the last part of it. I know that horse of ours has a great kick. And he proved he's a great horse today."

While Wise Dan got the applause, LoPresti's WINDSWEPT continues to lurk under the radar.  Seemingly over the physical problems that have relegated the 5-year-old to only eight lifetime races, Windswept dominated a short field in an 'n2x' optional claimer at nine furlongs on the main track.  Windswept looked powerful in the stretch and will likely next contest the $175,000 Hometown Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs on September 28. 

*SEANEEN GIRL may not be at the very top of the 3-year-old filly rankings, but I was quite taken by her romp in the Grade 2 Monmouth Oaks.  She overwhelmed her five rivals en route to a career-best 95 Beyer Speed Figure and her only bad race from six starts on dirt was the Kentucky Oaks.  Don't be fooled by some of her subpar turf and polytrack lines.  Seaneen Girl is okay and may be rounding into her best form for trainer Bernie Flint.

*TIZ FLIRTATIOUS was also visually impressive.  The 5-year-old mare, trained by Marty Jones in Southern California, steamrolled her opponents in the John Mabee Stakes at Del Mar despite being held up at the rear of the field through dawdling fractions.  Never off the board from 11 races, Tiz Flirtatious will likely contest the Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

*ET TU WALKER may be bound for bigger and better after another sharp effort in Southern California. Since being switched to the turf in the spring by trainer Doug O'Neill, Et Tu Walker has compiled a 5-4-1-0 record with the only loss a tough-trip nose defeat at the hooves of SIROCCO STRIKE.  Comfortable from on the lead or off the pace, Et Tu Walker battled on the front end in his 'n2x' optional claiming win at Del Mar on August 7.  While pace rival SUMMER EXCLUSIVE packed it in turning for home, Et Tu Walker kept on going. 

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (8/5/13 - 8/11/13):

1. WISE DAN - 106 - Fourstardave Handicap (G2) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Saratoga
2. SERVICE FOR TEN - 103 - Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Delaware
2. WINDSWEPT - 103 - OC 35k/N2X -N - 1 1/8 Miles - Saratoga
4. BRETHREN - 97 - Evangeline Mile Handicap - 1 Mile - Evangeline
5. HOLIDAY SOIREE - 96 - Shine Again Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Saratoga
5. PITCH N ROLL - 96 - OC 62k/N3X -N - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle Downs
7. FLASHY AMERICAN - 95 - Alada Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - Saratoga
7. SEANEEN GIRL - 95 - Monmouth Oaks (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - Monmouth
9. BLACK BEAR - 94 - OC 30k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - Prairie Meadows
9. BOND VIGILANTE - 94 - Claramount Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Saratoga
9. CHONGO - 94 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 7 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Canterbury
9. CONTROL TOWER - 94 - OC 40k/N2X - 1 Mile (Turf) - Arlington
9. MOONLIGHT SONG - 94 - Alw 82000N1X - 7 Furlongs - Saratoga
14. CONSOLE - 93 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Saratoga
14. ET TU WALKER - 93 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Del Mar
14. HOLY LUTE - 93 - Md Sp Wt 76k - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Del Mar
14. ROCKYSHOMERUN - 93 - Hard Spun Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Delaware
14. SOI PHET - 93 - Alw 91860N1X - 1 Mile (Polytrack) - Del Mar
14. XBALANQUE - 93 - OC 40k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington
20. CLEAR TO CANADA - 92 - Clm 10000 - 6 Furlongs - Canterbury
20. QUSHCHI (GB) - 92 - Waya Stakes - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
20. SUNDAY MASS - 92 - OC 25k/N1X - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Indiana
20. TIZ FLIRTATIOUS - 92 - John C. Mabee Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Del Mar
24. DANCINGTOTHESTARTS - 91 - OC 100k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - Del Mar
24. RES JUDICATA - 91 - OC 40k/N3X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Parx
24. WARREN'S KNOCKOUT - 91 - Budweiser Special Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Albuquerque

*WISE DAN's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

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When you get the chance, you're definitely going to want to check out "RACEHORSE," the latest production from Jessica Pacheco, racing analyst at Arlington Park. 

Things take a tragic turn in Episode 6 of Racehorse, as Ali's Racing Stable is forced to deal with the loss of Givenchi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWu4tT-TFvk

Previous episodes can be found at:
 
http://www.arlingtonpark.com/newsvideosblogs/racehorse-video-series

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The weekend handicapping videos should be up on the homepage later this week.

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Congrats to Biggar W for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.

Rick M's scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.

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