05/05/2013 11:23AM

Churchill Downs: Wise Dan figures to follow same path to Breeders' Cup as in 2012

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Tom Keyser
Wise Dan earned a 104 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory in the Woodford Reserve.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan exited his win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs in good condition, trainer Charlie LoPresti said, and will likely be pointed for a summer/fall turf campaign like the one he had in 2012.

After consulting with owner/breeder Mort Fink on Sunday morning, LoPresti said they were inclined to make his summer goal the Grade 2 Fourstardave on Aug. 10 at Saratoga. Should things go according to plan, he said, Wise Dan would then return in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile the following month, and depending on whether he bounces out of that race in top condition, an October start in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Those were the exact races he competed in last year that led to his championship year.

Wise Dan earned a 104 Beyer Speed Figure for his 4 ¾-length victory in the Woodford Reserve over yielding turf in a race that lost some luster when the expected second favorite, Point of Entry, was scratched two hours before post time due to wet course conditions.

LoPresti said as authoritative as Wise Dan’s was in victory, he was even more amazed watching him cool out after the race. “He wasn’t even blowing, as soft as the turf was,” he said.

As for Point of Entry, he is now being aimed for the Grade 1 Manhattan on the Belmont Stakes undercard June 8, trainer Shug McGaughey said.

- additional reporting by David Grening

jttf More than 1 year ago
POE already won a grade 1 race in which he beat little mike on a yielding surface. he even broke his maiden on an off track by 15 lengths. he has no excuse. he just didnt want to run for 2nd place money. king wise dan has already beaten europe's best milers. cityscape, moonlight cloud, and excelebration have already lost to dan. but, they didnt scratch.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Big thumbs down to Shug for scratching POE. What kind of champion-type turf horse can't run on a yielding course ?
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
How come Churchill is not getting slammed for what they did to bettor's allowing Shug to hold them hostage until after the 9th race and then ducking and scratching POE. If the turf is good enough for Wise Dan why isn't it good enough for POE? The bettors got screwed and Churchill refuses to acknowledge it. P3 players with 1 winner in got a refund? That is a complete JOKE. 91011 P3 paid a refund??? NO conso? I bet with 15min to post and their was NO where saying POE was scratched cause Churchill screwed players by not informing Tote of the scratch so tellers kept allowing people like me to bet on POE and bet the P3.....we deserved a Conso pay out OR at the least given the post time favorite. I had a $20 Pick 3 and I got a refund? I had 2 of the 3 winners w a scratch and got my money back? That is COMPLETE BS.....
phil bailey More than 1 year ago
Shug stated on Friday that POE might be scratched if the turf got bogged down. The way the day was going with the rain where there might be a glimmer oh hope that he might run POE. It was not in a torrential downpour which delayed his decision until later when the course was officially stated as Yielding. He tried to hold off on scratching but eventually did what was right for the horse. All you are doing is whining about your pick 3s. The consolations going to the favourite do not kick in until after the the Pick 3 is started. He was scratched well before the pick 2 started not after. Hence rules state Refund not consolation. You ever give a trainer cudos for doing what's right for the horse instead of your $2 bet...probably not.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I make this point only for the consideration of fair is fair. Many rabid Wise Dan fans seemed to take offense when some said that Frankel was the best horse in the world. Those people said if he's the best then he needs to run longer distances to prove it. They said he needs to take on the best and not duck competition. They said he needs to come to the US to run in the Breeders Cup and take on Dan, which may have been the most ridiculous comment of all. Frankels last nine races were all grade 1's. His last two races were at 1 5/16 and 1 1/4 miles. Wise Dan will run in a grade 2 with other grade 1 options available. He will not run again in a race more than a mile. Zero chance he will go to Europe to take on the best milers. I'm just saying. Heads up fans, it will be very difficult to win HOY again with the same program.
Meghan Janusz More than 1 year ago
Come to Chicago. We have a little race called the Arlington Million. Mile and a quarter shouldn't be a problem, right?
Mark More than 1 year ago
His races are mapped out for all to see. Come beat him if you can .
eli More than 1 year ago
I don't understand why people say he is dodging competeion. The last 11 races: 8 G1s, 2 G2s, and 1 G3. He got beat by Ron the Greek, Gio Ponti, Sidney's Candy and they where good horses. Is 9 for 11 not good enough?
Dave More than 1 year ago
The issue is where he's going not where he's been. I was hoping to see him try the dirt at least once more.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I'm not saying he's dodging anything, but some would wonder why the reigning horse of the year, who many say is the best horse in the world, would run in a grade 2 having other grade 1 options.
eli More than 1 year ago
Best in the world is a bit much. Even Zenyatta ran G2s, the problem w/arguing about horses; everyone thinks there's are the best in the world. lol fan, owner, trainer, jockey, groom, gallop boy... He won the breeders cup race against the Euro shippers, and thats where he is going this year - back to the breeders cup. Doesn't matter unless you win the last one(of the other winners of other races that he will run against at the BC)
not impressed More than 1 year ago
If you don't try something you never know what you can or can't accomplish. So what if they try say the Manhattan and he loses? Big deal, he loses nothing in defeat and gains more fans for say a hard knocking, tough luck loss. Racing is about RACING not about hiding or choosing a lesser path. Gambling is gambling. You only make money if you get out there and run.
Perl More than 1 year ago
I would love to see him try the manhattan. Not sure if he has ever tried 10f though. It would be great for the game if he shows up on Belmont day to face point of entry. I think 10f might be within his scope.
Dave More than 1 year ago
And people wonder why horse racing only gets less popular. Best horse in the country and all we get to see is him waltzing over weak fields.