06/20/2012 2:31PM

Churchill Downs: Lopresti makes plans for Successful Dan, Wise Dan

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Audrey C. Crosby
Successful Dan, winner of the Alysheba Stakes at Churchill, is being pointed to the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap on June 30.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trainer Charlie Lopresti said Wise Dan came out of his runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap “like he didn’t even run” while revealing that another of his stable stars, Successful Dan, most likely will run next Saturday, June 30, in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap.

Lopresti, speaking from his Lexington base, said Wise Dan returned to training Wednesday at Keeneland for the first time since being defeated a head by Ron the Greek on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.

“He had the bloodwork of a horse that never exerted himself,” Lopresti said. “He came out of the race doing as well as you could possibly imagine.”

Wise Dan will make his next start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 4.

“I’ll probably take him and some other horses up there two or three weeks out, let him get a breeze over the track,” Lopresti said.

Successful Dan, scratched from the Foster after being entered only in case something untoward occurred with his younger brother, Wise Dan, figures as a solid favorite in Iowa after winning a rugged renewal of the Alysheba Stakes on the May 4 Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill.

“We’re 95 percent sure we’re running there,” as opposed to the Grade 2, $350,000 Suburban on July 7 at Belmont, Lopresti said.

Meanwhile, trainer Austin Smith said he intends to give Nates Mineshaft a little break after the one-time claimer ran another huge race in finishing third behind Ron the Greek and Wise Dan after being the race-long front-runner in the Foster.

“I took him back to the track this morning and jogged him a couple miles, and he was a wild horse, so I don’t know if we should give him a break or not,” Smith said. “He really deserves one as hard as he’s been running. I’m inclined to give him some time off and bring him back in late summer, early fall. He sure came out of the race great, though.”

Rogue Romance, a hard-closing fourth in the Foster, also came out of the race in good shape, said trainer Ken McPeek, adding he is undecided on a next start for the 4-year-old colt.