10/02/2012 8:53AM

Keeneland: Wise Dan going in Shadwell Turf Mile

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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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