06/20/2012 1:31PM

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.

Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
I don't even get it. Successful Dan would have been a lock in the Stephen Foster. A true winner with 8 wins out of 10 starts, 5 for 5 at Churchill - I'm accounting the 2010 Clark Handicap as a win for Successful Dan cause seriously, if Center Court was not taken down for bumping Colonial Flag in this year's Regret then the stewards should have left the 2010 Clark alone. And he'll actually be getting weight at 119-lb compared to Wise Dan who was top weighted at 123-lb.
Keith More than 1 year ago
Looks like the Suburban Handicap will be missing the Dan's, especially with Successful Dan headed out to Prairie Meadows. That's a shame. Keith L.
Joe More than 1 year ago
Rogue Romance got robbed in the Foster!!!! Squeezed at the start and blocked at the end of the race.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Mr Lopresti,Now that Johnny V. is knocked out,please get Martin Garcia to ride Wise Dan and you'll SOON find out why LOVEABLE Mr Baffert used him so muc.Your Horse will go UNDEFEATED the rest of the YEAR...
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
You're funny. Martin Garcia is a third stringer. M Garcia at Hollywood Park with Baffert: 24% win rate. Without Baffert: down to 15% and continues to drop. The only reason Baffert picked him was to show Gomez that even a no name kid could win on Lookin at Lucky if he had just listened to instructions.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Your FUNNIER,Mike Smith sure LISTENED to instructions,cost Bodiemiester the Derby, same Jock cost Zenyatta her undefeated record. Martin Garcis OUT-RODE Russell Baze. Please LOOK up Russell Baze.When the other trainer's start winning with Matin watch out...Sadler is using him more and more......................
rdeeps52 More than 1 year ago
We'll really find out alot about SD in the Praire Meadows Hcp. Getting to watch potentially the best older horse in the country run against 6 or so completely overmatched foes at 1-5, can't wait.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
I don't even get it. Successful Dan would have been a lock in the Stephen Foster. A true winner with 8 wins out of 10 starts, 5 for 5 at Churchill. And he'd actually be getting weight at 119-lb compared to Wise Dan who was top weighted at 123-lb.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
they don't wanna face Stay Thirsty in the suburban.
Joe Tartaglia More than 1 year ago
Oh yeah - Stay Thirsty is soooo scary.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Better than what he's gonna face in IOWA?
Roy Sankar More than 1 year ago
it would be nice to see both dans run in the breeders cup classic and finish 2nd and 3rd to the best horse in the race ms chantel sutherland.
Jerry More than 1 year ago
you must be really bored.....go watch an optimizer workout....
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Whoa I didn't know chantel sutherland was entered, who's riding her I know its not Mike Smith.
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
Successful Dan is pounds better then Game on Mike (Dude)
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Definitely. Not to mention Baffert has never won the BC Classic, and no trainer has burned as much $$ as Baffert in that race over the years. Game on Dude is a good fight, he's top dog in his playground with Twirling Candy, Setsuko, Uncle Mo going 10 furlongs and So You Think hugging the rail on dirt. When Successful Dan comes knocking, he will shove aside Game on Dude more forcefully than Drossy and First Dude did.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Wise Dan will end up targeting the Dirt Mile or the Mile. The son of Wisemen's Ferry doesn't want to go 10f.