07/29/2014 11:22AM

Jerardi: Wiseman's Ferry has another win machine

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Wise Mac has won four of five statebred races at Charles Town including this allowance race in March.

Murray Rojas wanted to make sure everyone understood why Wise Mac did not make his debut until two weeks before he became a 4-year-old.

“He was absolutely crazy,” the Penn National-based trainer said. “It took us that long until we could deal with him. We broke him at our training center right across from Penn National. We brought him to the racetrack. He couldn’t deal with it.”

They took him to a farm, hoping peace and tranquility could calm down the horse.

“We tried that like three separate times until he could finally mentally handle the racetrack,” Rojas said. “People hate to waste time on a horse like that. They’d just rather get rid of him. Mac is very special. He took the time, but he’s paying us back for it.”

The son of top Pennsylvania sire Wiseman’s Ferry was definitely worth the wait. Wise Mac finished third in his Penn National debut. In 2014, he has five wins and two seconds in seven starts. The West Virginia-bred won four of five statebred races at Charles Town. Then, he went to Parx and lost a photo in an open first-level allowance, followed by a win in the same condition in his first try on grass.

Wise Mac won his first three Charles Town races by a combined 15 1/4 lengths. His best Beyer Speed Figure at Charles Town was a 74. When Rojas sent him against tougher at Parx, the horse responded by getting an 80 when second and a 76 when winning clear in that grass allowance.

Wise Mac has run his races at distances from 6 furlongs to 7 1/2 furlongs, and he has shown top-end speed in every one of his starts, getting a clear lead four times and never being farther behind than one length at the first call.

Wise Mac has won $111,090 this year, but it is about to get a bit more complicated. After a potential start in a second-level allowance at Parx, conditions are going to be hard to come by.

“He is going to have to run in stakes,” Rojas said.

The horse was purchased privately as a yearling. The gelding is owned in partnership by Rojas’s husband and Dana Point Farm, the Pennsylvania showplace 30 miles west of Allentown. Dana Point, where Wiseman’s Ferry stands for $5,000, is owned by Gayle Gerth and managed by Maria Vorhauer.

They love Wise Mac at the farm. And they love his sire.

“I’ve probably had more of his babies than anyone ever could have,” Rojas said. “They’re all like Wise Mac ... You’ve got to take your time and let them grow up mentally.”

They absolutely love another rather accomplished son of Wiseman’s Ferry, Wise Dan, the never-ending sire advertisement.

“We all cheer him on, that’s for sure,” Rojas said. “When we went to Kentucky, we went to see him.”

And when players in the Mid-Atlantic see Wise Mac on the track, they see another son of Wiseman’s Ferry who likes to do exactly what Wise Dan has been doing for years – win.

Pennington on a roll at Parx

Frankie Pennington has been a very good jockey for a decade. He was good enough to win 268 races in 2006. He has won 1,742 races in his career. His mounts have earned $41.7 million. Even with all that history, he may very well be riding in the best form of his life at this moment.

Pennington has opened up a daylight lead in the Parx standings with 84 wins, 14 more than second-place Jose Delgadillo.

Patterson posting huge numbers

Trainer Kevin Patterson’s 2014 numbers almost seem like a misprint. He really does have 42 winners from just 97 starters this year at Charles Town. Just 19 of his starters have finished out of the money, giving him an insane in-the-money 80 percent strike rate.

◗ Daniel Centeno and Alex Cintron may remain thisclose in the standings at Delaware Park all the way to the meet’s finish line Oct. 22. As we hit August, Centeno has 31 winners to Cintron’s 30.

william More than 1 year ago
"The gelding is owned in partnership by Rojas’s husband" is Murray Rojas a woman or was that a typo?
Anna Montanucci More than 1 year ago
Thank you for sharing this nice bit on Wise Mac. Always good to hear about the horses and people who make up 90% of the sport.