02/26/2014 10:54AM

Keeneland: Wise Dan has first work, may run at spring meet

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Barbara D. Livingston
Winter weather in Kentucky has cost Wise Dan some training time this year.

Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, is back on a breeze schedule at Keeneland and is tentatively on target to make his first start as a 7-year-old at his home track.

“We’re a little farther behind compared to last year because of how bad the weather’s been,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said Wednesday by phone from Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. “But if we can make it, we’ll start him off right here. We try to make the spring meet with all our horses.”

Wise Dan breezed three furlongs Monday in 36 seconds over the Polytrack surface, according to LoPresti. Clockers do not work on an everyday basis during the off-season at Keeneland, and the time was according to LoPresti.

“He just went around there nice and easy in 12’s,” said LoPresti. “I just needed to start doing a little something with him.”

LoPresti said weather and track conditions will continue to determine the work schedule for Wise Dan. “I’m not the kind of guy who has to work them every six or seven days,” he said. “It’ll all be up to the usual factors.”

A winter break is de rigueur for Wise Dan and the LoPresti stable. Wise Dan returned to his Rice Road stable at Keeneland around the first of February after about 10 weeks of down time on LoPresti’s farm just east of Lexington.

Turf races in the one-mile range have been a specialty for Wise Dan in his two championship seasons (2012-13), but owner-breeder Morton Fink and LoPresti both have said they intend to try different types of races with the gelding as 2014 unfolds. LoPresti did not specify which Keeneland race he would target for Wise Dan, although the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile on April 11 is a logical starting point.

“If we don’t get anymore interruptions in weather – and we’ve missed quite a few days – my goal is to run here,” he said. “But if I don’t think he’s 100 percent ready, we may have to do something else.”

Wise Dan, by Wiseman’s Ferry, has 19 wins from 27 starts and earnings of $6,293,610.

Dennis Mathews More than 1 year ago
There is nothing to gain by sending Wise Dan to Europe!
iknownothing114 More than 1 year ago
One overrated horse
David Craighead More than 1 year ago
Hey, the champion needs the rest and freshen and he'll do just fine come the spring races. He has a lot of options and at 7 years old and has done everything that has been asked and expected of him attests to his durability and talent as a true champion race horse! . course the Millions of dollars he's amassed for his connections ain't bad none. I wish his continued success!
robert bertz More than 1 year ago
To Randy Baker: Unless the rules have been changed, in Europe geldings are not allowed to run in Group I races. I could be wrong on this, but this was the rule.
David Craighead More than 1 year ago
You are so right about your understanding about the European rule but it has change due to the international appeal to horses coming from difference parts of the world stage that the rule now has changed!
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
I'd like to see them target a Group 1 mile race in Europe .If he were to successfully pull that off ,it would really solidify his legacy along side the great ones like Miesque,Goldikova,etc.who tackled the best on both sides of the pond.It would also give the euros a taste of their own medicine.
Perl More than 1 year ago
He is seven years old now. I'd be utterly shocked if they made the choice at this stage to give him that sort of test.
jttf More than 1 year ago
it looks like successful dan and windswept worked a leisurely three furlong work together.
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Mr fink! And mr lopresti, the horse world wants to see WISE DAN and MMM against each other! Great for racing! And hope it happens!
Joel More than 1 year ago
Not in this lifetime . Absurd post
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Be great to see Shawn but remember, Mohahhamed comes to the Mountain.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
My apology for the (sp).