10/02/2012 8:53AM

Keeneland: Wise Dan going in Shadwell Turf Mile

Michael Burns
Wise Dan will be entered in the Shadwell Turf Mile, and will run as long as he feels good.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Trainer Charlie Lopresti said Tuesday that he will enter Wise Dan with the intent of running the star gelding Saturday in the richest race of the Keeneland fall meet, the Grade 1, $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile.

Lopresti said the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita remains the primary goal for Wise Dan, whose last six races have resulted in five victories, several of them jaw-droppers.

Lopresti had been hesitant to commit to the Shadwell because of the timing. Wise Dan won the Sept. 16 Woodbine Mile, meaning he will have just three weeks between races when he starts again Saturday, with the BC Mile coming four weeks later.

Jose Lezcano will serve as a one-time substitute aboard Wise Dan in the Shadwell because regular rider John Velazquez is committed to ride Saturday at Belmont Park.

Lopresti said he consulted at length with owner-breeder Morton Fink about how to proceed over these next few days.

“We’ll take it every day as it comes,” said Lopresti. “Right now the horse is really good, but if I don’t like anything along the way, we won’t run in the Shadwell. But we do plan to run if everything stays OK. Whether or not he runs, the Breeders’ Cup is the ultimate goal. The only way we won’t run in California is if this race knocks him out or he comes out of it with a problem.”

Even without Wise Dan, the Shadwell was shaping up a tough race, with the other probables including Corporate Jungle, Data Link, Dominus, Doubles Partner, Silver Max, Willcox Inn, and Worthadd. Entries were to be taken and drawn Wednesday. The 17-day Keeneland meet starts Friday.

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Rus Weisenberger More than 1 year ago
The horse is on top of his game. My opinion he should run in the Shadwell. A horse tells you when he's ready, and it sounds like to me he's begging to run. I just wish he would run in the CLASSIC after the Shadwell. I believe he should be giving a chance at horse of the year, Because he is in my opinion!
Pat More than 1 year ago
Great move..let th horse tell you when to stop running him. The horse will let you know
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
I don't like this move. Dan has never ran 3 GR1 races in 7 weeks, Horses just can't do this anymore
miguel More than 1 year ago
Good-nite J you lock up wise dan. in 1mile TURF your strong ........GREAT-JOSE&J.......!!!!
Jim Pitura More than 1 year ago
Turf at SA will suit Wise Dan, Charlie will be smiling
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
THE Euros Claim(Best In The World ),But Some Wont Come To The Breeders Cup To Prove It)-llolk-DS
cory s More than 1 year ago
WOW...Animal Kingdom now headed to the turf mile making it a very very interesting race.
cory s More than 1 year ago
This worries me that the trainer thinks hes at the end of his form cycle otherwise why be so worried about the 3 weeks then a month to BC. Trainers usually have a better grasp on these things then the owners. If he runs in Shadwell he may just come up empty at BC ala Stacelita. I agree he's done enough to take a crack at BC Classic. Wish they would just train him up to it and go for the big prize.
Zakk W. More than 1 year ago
I wish they would go for the big prize and run in the $5 million BC Classic & then send him to Dubai World Cup for the $10 million He's already proven that he could run & beat top horses on the dirt & the synthetic tracks.
Tom Wilson More than 1 year ago
Not over there! Will get his head bashed in.
Steven Simonovic More than 1 year ago
Then, on to the BC Mile. Frankel? No Arc? No BC? Retirement? Racing fans suffer again. Zenyatta vs. Rachel anyone?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
If Trainer Lopresti has a horse kicking the barn down, he has two choices. Work him, or run him. I'd love to be able to make this race! Good luck to all.
John Smith More than 1 year ago
yea....his 3rd choice would be to make the damn horse rebuild the barn for kicking it down.