07/17/2013 3:33PM

Saratoga: Whitney remains one option for Wise Dan

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Wise Dan, winning the Firecracker on turf at Churchill Downs, is under consideration for the Whitney Handicap on dirt on Aug. 3.

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.

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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.

Big Bob More than 1 year ago
Stop teasing us LoPresti.
Wesley White More than 1 year ago
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.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Were you not just talking about dude?
John Doe More than 1 year ago
Wesley, you really need to do some research before shootin' from the mouth. Game on Dude and Fort Laned frequent G1 races? Lets look at reality. In fact, G.O.D. and F.L. have run in MORE G2 races than Wise Dan this year. The nerve of those bums, right? It seems that every single time there's an article on Wise Dan you're quick to chime in with gross misinformation to try and disparage his accomplishments. Oh, and by the way, he CAN handle 9F on dirt (look at that G1 on his record).
Wesley White More than 1 year ago
Actually I do a great deal of research before speaking, but since you feel the need to call me out I have no issue putting u in your place. Wise day has run in 23 races and for a horse of the year to have only been in 9 Grade 1 races pretty much tells you all that you need to know about the fact that these connections keep ducking real competition. For Fort Larned to have 22 races under his belt and and 5 Grade 1's under his belt is pretty impressive considering his connections put him in the biggest race going on in the U.S. in the Breeders Cup Classic while wise dan's people talked about running in the race and then were part of the undercard. But Game on Dude is the stud of the bunch, running 23 times in 11 Grade 1 races, his 48% to Wise Dan's 39% in Grade 1 races says a lot, Bob Baffert doesn't do a lot of ducking with his horses, Baffert trains for speed first but still enters horses in 10 and 12 furlong races. Lopresti wouldn't enter this horse in the Grade 1 Arlington Million with a quarter mile head start.
John Doe More than 1 year ago
A great deal of research? You've got to be kidding. You continue you show how little you know. In 2012, Wise Dan ran in Grade 1 races 67% of the time V.S. Game on Dude and Fort Larned who both faces Grade 1 races just 57% of the time. You are so I love with Game on Dude and praise how Baffert doesn't duck anyone. Do you know how many times Baffert shipped Game on Dude out of state last year? Try ZERO times in all 7 starts! I've got lots of respect for Game on Dude but all he does is consistently to beat G3 quality horses. On the other end of the spectrum, Wise Dan ran on FOUR different states, one of which was in a foreign country, at the same time running in G1 races a higher % of the time and broke multiple track records (including a 29 year old BC record).
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
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.
Matt Cohen More than 1 year ago
Really hope Wise Dan runs in the Whitney, but not holding my breath.