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Keeneland: LoPresti keeping Wise Dan, Successful Dan separated
By Marty McGee
LEXINGTON, Ky. – It’s the kind of problem any trainer would like to have. Charlie LoPresti will be trying to sort out schedules over the coming weeks while avoiding direct conflict between Wise Dan, the 2012 Horse of the Year, and Successful Dan, who made a stirring return to the races Sunday at Keeneland, capturing the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes as the odds-on favorite.
The return of the 7-year-old Successful Dan came a little more than a week after Wise Dan, his 6-year-old half-brother, won the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile in his first public appearance since being named Horse of the Year. After both wins, LoPresti mentioned the June 15 Stephen Foster Handicap as a possible next start, although now he isn’t certain which horse will run in that Grade 1 race at Churchill Downs.
“I guess we’ll have something to say about all that pretty soon,” LoPresti, who trains both geldings for breeder Mort Fink, said Monday. “Mr. Fink and I just had a long talk about it, and he definitely wants to keep them separated for the time being. Right now, we’re just trying to enjoy the moment. They both ran big, and both came back in great shape, so we’re very happy right now.”
LoPresti said he is contemplating a run in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the May 4 Kentucky Derby undercard for Wise Dan, “but that’s really premature,” he said. “Wise Dan came out of the Maker’s so good that the Woodford is more possible than I initially thought. But there’s still a ways to go on that. If we did go that way, then that’d leave the Foster to Successful Dan.”
A start in the 1 1/8-mile Woodford Reserve for Wise Dan would set up a riveting matchup between him and Point of Entry, the Phipps Stable star who defeated Animal Kingdom in his most recent start in February. Wise Dan has been most effective at distances around a mile, while Point of Entry has competed primarily in longer races.
Meanwhile, the front-running, one-length Ben Ali victory for Successful Dan was “the ideal comeback race for him,” said LoPresti, noting that the gelding “checked out perfectly” Monday morning with the noted equine veterinarian Larry Bramlage.
“He really only had to run hard the last three-eighths of a mile,” LoPresti said. “It’s like Dr. Bramlage said: You couldn’t ask for much more for a first race back.”
The Ben Ali was run before a crowd of 20,244 on Military Appreciation Day. Attendance for the three-day weekend totaled more than 64,000, with 32,325 turning out to see Todd Pletcher win the Coolmore Lexington Stakes on Saturday for a record fifth time. Pletcher won with Winning Cause, a colt he is considering as a potential sixth starter for the May 4 Kentucky Derby.
Point of Entry does not have the turn of foot to go with Wise Dan in a 9f race. Easy money! We have seen wiseguy's picks like Cityscape and Excelebration went up in flames against Wise Dan. This will be no different. Point of Entry's win over Animal Kingdom in the 9f GP Turf was flattered by a bonehead ride, to quote Barry Irwin.
Charlie, Send SD to Hollywood this summer. He can run in their series ending in the G1 Gold Cup. He likes synthetic, so it makes some sense. If the goal is to run in the BC Classic at SA this fall, it would be te perfect route. Horses train at Hol and win at SA all the time.
I figured Wise Dan would go in the Turf Classic and Successful Dan in the Alysheba. I hope these two meet in the Breeders Cup Classic.
These two horses need not meet at anytime! Charlie is truly a genius and he will figure out a course that benefits both horses accordingly. There isn't a need to face the likes of Point of Entry at anytime, any place or at any distance, especially with all the money up for grabs worldwide. Good luck Charlie and Mr. Fink!
Successful Dan: undefeated 3-3 routing on Churchill Downs main track Wise Dan: 1-4 routing on CD main track There should be no debate. Send Successful Dan to the Foster for the G1 that the CD stewards robbed him in the 2010 Clark.
Charlie...your the man...ole home grown trainer keeps his horses comfortable happy and well fead back there at KEE away from all the crowds etc...his stalls are in the perfect location farthest away from the action...and he doesn't have to take them south for the winter because they love the KY weather and beautiful green grass...keep up the good work!
Mr. Lopresti, If you want to keep the two separated, send one of them to Hollywood Park this summer, I'm sure Successful Dan would like the synthetic surface at Hol. They would sure welcome you for the G1 Gold Cup.
point of entry would give run away from dan
You just have to be happy for owner Morton Fink and his great mare "Lisa Danielle". Well done sir. I'll buy Enchanting Lisa from you anytime. http://www.pedigreequery.com/progeny/lisa+danielle
Please Charlie, run Wise Dan in the Woodford vs Point of Entry. That, imo, would become the most interesting turf race run in this country in a long time. Pretty sure every racing fan, with the exception of Johnny V would really like to see this.
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