03/25/2014 9:27AM

Keeneland: Wise Dan works, on target for Maker's 46 Mile

Debra A. Roma
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is slated to make his first start since this victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile in the April 11 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland.

Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, continued on a resolute path toward a comeback when he breezed six furlongs Tuesday morning in 1:13.20 over the Polytrack surface at his home base at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Trainer Charlie LoPresti said he is “keeping his fingers crossed” in hopes that Wise Dan continues to thrive toward his targeted return, the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile on April 11 over the Keeneland turf.

“The track was a little slower and deeper than normal this morning,” said LoPresti. “He came home the way he usually does – he got his final quarter in 24. He got a good blow out of it. We’re happy.”

LoPresti said he hopes to work Wise Dan again next Tuesday and that “everything is going the way we’d hope” toward the start of a 7-year-old campaign. This latest workout was the fifth for Wise Dan since late February.

Wise Dan, bred and owned by Morton Fink, has not raced since clinching his second straight Horse of the Year title with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in early November.

Turf races in the one-mile range have been a specialty for Wise Dan in his two championship seasons (2012-13), but Fink and LoPresti both have said they intend to try different types of races with the gelding as 2014 unfolds.

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

Bethany Shine More than 1 year ago
I'm amazed at how many people can't just appreciate such a great champion.....sad, really. We have very few horses that we can get behind, there is a great shortage of superstars, and when we are faced with one, there are those who have to find some fault. Wise Dan is a fantastic horse, he's won on all surfaces, it's not like he's one dimensional but if it's not broke, why fix it? He's 7 years old and we are fortunate enough to see him still running, healthy and sound. Do your thing, Dan!! I, for one, am thankful to see him run for another year!!
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
In America you don't have to run on multiple surfaces to be considered great. You just have to run on one surface. That surface is dirt.
Mark More than 1 year ago
There is a 4 year old pointing for The Queen Anne at Ascot trained by Aiden O'Brien that I hope to see take down WD in BC this fall.
shawn kennedy More than 1 year ago
For all those wanting to see Wise Dan do "something else", run farther or run elsewhere: a. It's not your nickle and b. You don't put a Nascar vehicle in an F1 race (or vice versa)
RICKY More than 1 year ago
Can't we just see this horse do something else..
Old timer More than 1 year ago
Go Wise Dan. Hope he can win the Belmont Stakes! (oops... forgot that he is 7 years old!). Okay then, maybe the Foster and the Whitney! With all the other crap going on in this industry, we need to simply enjoy Wise Dan IMHO.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Deja Vu
Paul Aussenhofer More than 1 year ago
It will be interesting to see what "different type of races" he runs in this year. As a turf miler he has no peer. I would love to see him run in some G1 dirt races or 1.1/4 or longer grass races this year. If he continues to win and dominate, he may elevate himself from "great miler" to "Alltime Great" horse. He is the one horse on training right now that could be compared to the "Alltime Greats".and I would love to see it. We as an industry need it.
bh More than 1 year ago
How soon they forget. Dan is already a G1 winner on dirt, taking the Clark H. over JCGC winner Flat Out and Belmont winner Ruler on Ice. He lost the Stephen Foster (G1 on dirt) by a head to Ron the Greek. He is a multiple graded winner on Polytrack as well.
Helene Beides More than 1 year ago
In track and field,The great Edwin Moses only competed in one event.He won over 100 hurdle races in a row and is considered the greatest athlete of our time. Why should Wise Dan not be considered as an alltime great?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What's his stud fee?
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Edwin Moses is considered the greatest athlete of our time?
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Why would he run in any different type races. Like it or not, agree or disagree, he proved last year if you just do the same thing you can still get HOY,
mb More than 1 year ago
when owners and trainers have a great horse they get way too conservative around here...how about going to europe this year....it can be done....i use thorograph as my speed figure...if i remember the numbers he's just as fast as frankel was on their best days....get out the passport....
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chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
That's an ugly comment - May it happen to you, Toad.