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Horse of the Year Wise Dan works out at Keeneland
By Marty McGee
Wise Dan, the 2012 Horse of the Year, was among the workers over the Polytrack at Keeneland on a busy Tuesday morning for trainer Charlie LoPresti.
Wise Dan had his third breeze since returning from his traditional winter break, going five furlongs in 1:01. The 6-year-old Wise Dan is unraced since winning the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.
Two other LoPresti notables were on the same work tab: Wise Dan’s older half-brother, Successful Dan, went a half-mile in 47 seconds, and Turallure got five furlongs in 1:02. Both were working for the fourth time since their winter breaks.
All three LoPresti stars are being pointed to comeback races at the Keeneland spring meet next month.
Incidentally, it seems that most everyone has been spelling LoPresti’s name wrong for years. Note the upper-case “P,” as opposed to the lower case that has been commonly used. Keeneland sent out a recent e-mail clarifying the difference.
Turfway starter chases down runaway horse
Turfway will hold a brief ceremony after the first race Friday to recognize the feats of starter Steve Peterman in a bizarre recent loose-horse incident off racetrack property.
Peterman had just left the track after the last race March 2 when he noticed commotion in a nearby parking lot. A 3-year-old colt making his first career start, Joseph the Catfish, had gotten loose after bolting the final turn and throwing jockey Eddie Zuniga. The colt jumped the outer rail and ran through several parking lots and across busy Houston Road.
Peterman, with the help of track veterinarians stopping traffic, jumped out of his truck and collared the frightened horse by the bridle as the horse was making his way up the southbound ramp to Interstate 75. Both man and horse fell onto the road, but fortunately neither was injured beyond cuts and bruises.
Landeros will ride in Kentucky, Indiana
Chris Landeros, the leading jockey at Lone Star Park in 2009 and 2010, will begin riding at Turfway next Thursday, March 21, and plans to ride in both Kentucky and Indiana through the spring, said agent Jimmy McNerney.
Landeros, 24, has ridden at a number of venues since his breakout meets at Lone Star, including Remington Park, Calder, Prairie Meadows, and currently at Sam Houston. The California native has won more than 940 races since his career began in 2006.
◗ The program next Thursday is an exception to what has been the rule at Turfway since early February: two days a week (Fridays and Saturdays), and that’s all. These are the seven dates that remain at the winter-spring meet: March 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30.
Keeneland starts its 16-day spring meet April 5.
◗ Churchill Downs and the Trackside training center in Louisville were reopened last weekend following its traditional winter closing of about 10 weeks. Stables will start trickling in over the next few weeks as racing winds down at Fair Grounds, Gulfstream, and Oaklawn, although as of Wednesday morning, only about two dozen horses were bedded down in the Churchill stable area, and no clockers are yet on hand.
◗ Alexander Castillo will make his North American debut Friday night at Turfway by riding the seventh and ninth races. Castillo, 17, won 49 races in his native Panama, according to agent Steve Elzey. Castillo will ride with a five-pound apprentice allowance.
◗ Churchill’s Twin Spires are being cast in a red glow every evening this week to honor the Louisville chapter of the American Red Cross, whose annual fundraising is being held Saturday evening at the downtown Seelbach Hilton Hotel. More information: redcross.org/ky/louisville.
Cant wait to see Dan back racing this year,What a Neat horse to watch run. Hope he goes for the Classic this year!!
A well done to Judge Peterman,
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