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Saratoga: Whitney remains one option for Wise Dan
Wise Dan, the reigning Horse of the Year, arrived at Saratoga at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after a van ride from Kentucky.
Charles LoPresti, the trainer of Wise Dan, said while he is leaning toward running the gelding in the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave – a race Wise Dan won last year – LoPresti did not rule out running him in the Grade 1 Whitney on the dirt on Aug. 3.
“I’ll watch him this week and see how he trains. Maybe I’ll work him a half-mile on the dirt,” said LoPresti, who added that the ultimate decision on where to run will be made by owner Morton Fink.
LoPresti said that Successful Dan could run in the Whitney. Successful Dan, who began the year with a victory in the Ben Ali at Keeneland, finished fourth in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster.
“I don’t really know what happened that night,” LoPresti said. “He has never been beaten at Churchill. Julien [Leparoux] said he didn’t handle the track. [Successful Dan] was mad when he got back to the barn.”
LoPresti said he sent Successful Dan to Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood and Riddle to be examined and the gelding was deemed to be 100-percent sound.
Stop teasing us LoPresti.
It wud seem like the Fourstardave and a number of other grade 2 or grade 3 races would beon his radar. And likely a $50k allowance race. Just as long as they continue to duck real races like the Whitney and Arlington Millions. Its hard to respect the connections of a horse that just absolutely continues to blow smoke. They arent serious about running in the Whitney because he's not close to the same caliber of horse on the surface. More respect wud be gained if they stopped talking about races that they obviously have no plan to run in. This show is getting ridiculously tiring. He can't handle 10f on any surface he can't handle 9f on dirt. So keep running him in the weakest turf races at 8f that u can find. Great horse coward connections. Pathetic. Let's talk about some real horses. Game on dude. Fort larned and point of entry's return. Horses that frequent grade 1 races.
I don't understand why the Arlington Million isn't even an option. Seems like it would be a good spot for him. So would the Pacific Classic on synthetic. Both are G1, $1,000,000.
Really hope Wise Dan runs in the Whitney, but not holding my breath.
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