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Keeneland: Wise Dan scares few away from Shadwell Turf Mile
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Wise Dan has been assigned the outside post in a field of 10 older horses entered in the Grade 1, $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile, the richest race of the Keeneland fall meet and one of five graded stakes on a sensational Saturday program.
Wise Dan, the reigning Horse of the Year, will have John Velazquez aboard in the Shadwell, a two-turn race he won last year as a 3-5 favorite. The 6-year-old gelding has won his last nine races and surely will be a huge favorite again as he makes his final start before the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.
Regarding the outside post, Wise Dan’s trainer Charlie LoPresti said, “It doesn’t matter to me. Johnny always tells me, ‘Don’t worry about any hole, not even the 1 hole.’ I sure don’t want to be overconfident, but you have to think the horse will have enough speed to place himself in a good spot.”
LoPresti said he was “a little taken aback” at the relatively large number of challengers for Wise Dan. Winning Prize, Summer Front, and Silver Max are among the more well-regarded opponents, while one of the surprise entrants is Hogy, who was entered to run Friday in the Grade 3 Phoenix but probably will be withheld to run in the Shadwell, said trainer Wayne Catalano.
The Shadwell, one of seven Win and You’re In races to be run here this weekend as preps for the Breeders’ Cup, is carded as the ninth of 10 Saturday races and the last of five straight graded stakes. First post is 1:05 p.m. Eastern, with the Shadwell going at 5:21. In those preceding races:
◗ Grade 1, $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity: An oversubscribed group of 2-year-olds gives this 1 1/16-mile Polytrack race an extraordinarily competitive look, with a core of lukewarm favorites likely to include Kendall’s Boy, Solitary Ranger, Conquest Titan, and We Miss Artie. Seventeen were entered but only as many as 14 can start.
◗ Grade 1, $400,000 First Lady: Daisy Devine and Dayatthespa, both Grade 1 winners over the Keeneland course, are among eight fillies and mares in this one-mile turf race. Other notables include Hungry Island, Better Lucky, and a Coolmore 3-year-old, Say, who cleared quarantine earlier this week after shipping from Ireland for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
◗ Grade 2, $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America: The defending champion, Groupie Doll, was assigned the favorable outside slot in a field of just six fillies and mares in this six-furlong Polytrack race. Trainer Buff Bradley has been effusive in his praise of the reigning divisional champion as she has trained toward her final prep for the Nov. 2 BC Filly and Mare Sprint. Judy the Beauty and Gypsy Robin head the opposition.
◗ Grade 3, $150,000 Woodford: A typical well-matched field of 10 turf sprinters was entered in this 5 1/2-furlong race, with the 2012 runner-up, Great Mills, likely to be among the favorites. Others figuring to take solid play include Stormofthecentury, Spring to the Sky, and the 2011 winner, Havelock.
any chance of getting some odds on Dan due to the larger field? anything greater than 1-1 is phenomenal.
Looking thru the list of names here, I'm seeing alotta folks that chimed in pulling for Paynter last year. You can't put a price on that.
“We received overwhelmingly positive feedback during our free preview of DRF Plus and used these findings to refine and sharpen the premium offering even further,” said John Hartig, CEO of Daily Racing Form. “We are confident that DRF’s increased investment in expanded coverage and heightened online content will provide great value and enjoyment for all horseplayers striving to play the game with more confidence and win more.” overwhelming positive feedback? I just want to read the damn articles online, whenever I get magazine subscription and then I decide to read it online and I don't have to pay for it again why is it if I buy DRF that I would have to repay for it read it online?
so let me get this straight, the drf wants me to pay them 8 bucks a month now for my priceless commentary? LMAO, and I had so much more to add for free! oh well their loss! hahahahahhahahahahhahahhahahhaahhahahahhahahhahahhahahahhhahahahahhahaha
Joel WinickiLess than a minute ago bloodhorse paulickreport horseracingnation equibase ntra Every major racetrack also has there own website that typically offers a news feed as well. There is no doubt that these websites will capitalize on DRF's greed driven practice to squeeze as many dollars as they can from racing fans across the country. These competitor websites are sure to improve there own websites, as disgruntled DRF readers look for alternative horse racing news sources. I'm sure DRF+ looked like a great revenue producing idea on paper, but directing a very large portion of their reader base to the competition was surely overlooked. Most racing fans would much rather use their hard earned dollars wagering on horses.......not reading news that is available for FREE on other websites.
The Only and the ONLY reason i visited DRF was for comments on articles. Bloodhorse does a much better job anyways... Nobody at DRF can write as well as Steve Haskin.
I just sent the following to some folks at DRF.com: Can you provide the links to the articles or policy changes that everyone is complaining about on DRF.com? I am taking care of a friend who has Pancreatic cancer and would like to be able to objectively review what has changed with DRF.com and the DRF Racing Form. If I am being asked to pay for analysis from people like you, Dan, Mike Watchmaker, and Mike Welsch (and even Steve) I don't mind doing that. I just need to know what the changes are, when they are being implemented, and what the freight is going to be. We live in a new world now and many people cannot comprehend even the obvious. Costs (printed) are rising every quarter, media organizations still must pay people to do their jobs (and they must get "Cost of living raises" from time to time), advertisers are always finding more efficient ways to spend their money. What I found most telling is that last Saturday's Belmond card only drew 10-11K people to the track but the handle was still excellent and the product was exceptionally exciting. What I don't understand is this? I would never gamble without having first reading the DR Form. What is $2.00 more dollars to me? Nothing in the context of having the best "Data" where I am competing against others who I hope will be less "informed." As far as paying for "premium services," this choice is no different that paying for better channels with my cable service bill which coincidentally; I just reduced for financial reasons by $50.00 dollars a month. Please advise ASAP; any of you. If any of you at DRF who I e-mailed is reading this, please disregard my request. I was able to find the time between my care-giving duties to find the article and the grid that describes the premium features of DRF Plus. While this may be un-popular in this thread, I say to DRF the following: Do not apologize for charging what is needed to make a profit and to provide a decent wage to all the people like Mike Welsch, Dan Illman, Mike Beer, Mike Watchmaker, et al... who provide the coverage I need to think through my handicapping choices. With regard to Mike Welsch, I will always pay attention and appreciate your workout insights especially when it comes to Breeders Cup and the Triple Crown races and preps. As Jack Nicholson once said (in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'), "It's medication time."
To all snivelers : You don't buy the form . You don't bet. You have no skin in the game. You are surprised by this because you don't pay attention. You read a headline and start commenting without ever reading the article. You feel betrayed because DRF is thinning out the riff-raff even though most of you are anti-racing masqueraders trying to pass yourself off as horseplayers. The non-players can now pay to express their worthless opinions if they so desire. I on the other hand am a player that has probably bought more forms (paper & digitized ) than all the 72 commenters on this thread combined have bought over the past 40 years. I have access to everything on DRF . Because I'm a REAL customer that actually plays races and purchases forms . I actually have been betrayed because my comments are never printed while at the same time non customers, anti-racing activists & spammers were given free reign . As Warren Buffet might say, now that DRF + is here we're going to find out how many of you ** bloggers** have been swimming naked .
I already buy a Daily racing form 4x"s a week because I like handicapping off of paper. I like coming home , sitting and to read and post a comment or two just like a lot of the DRF faithful. Come on DRF , lighten up on us.
I would love to see Handsome Mike take his confident you kn ow what! out