07/22/2013 5:06PM

Saratoga: Wise Dan has close call

Barbara D. Livingston
Wise Dan is being pointed for the Fourstardave.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Charlie LoPresti’s reigning Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, escaped a potentially disastrous situation after stumbling and nearly unseating exercise rider Damien Rock shortly past the finish line during a routine gallop here Monday. Rock did a remarkable job to get back in the saddle after having his right foot dislodged from the iron and his right leg pitched over the left side of Wise Dan’s body when his horse stumbled.

Once back in the irons, Rock quickly got Wise Dan back on stride to complete the gallop without further incident.

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“I was on the backside and never really saw what happened, which is a good thing or I probably would have fainted,” LoPresti said.

“The first I heard about it was when one of the clockers called me and asked if Wise Dan was all right. Damien told me a couple of workers came up inside Wise Dan just past the wire, surprised him, and caused him to lose his concentration just a little bit. But he seems to be just fine.”

LoPresti confirmed Monday that Wise Dan would make his next start in the Fourstardave and that he’s planning to work him over the Oklahoma turf course on Friday, weather permitting.

Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
why cant DRF stop people like" Ipes" from subjecting us all to there bogus website and money making scams ? this is not the place for it.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Would have liked to see him face some real runners in the Arlington Million but I guess that would be too ambitious.
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
They can join Dan at Saratoga if they want, but they don't want.
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
bring Dan to Del Mar for the TVG Pacific Classic on the Polytrack it a grade 1 and its 1 million but they don`t want , and why because 10f and not a mile on turf and not a grade 2 but have real grade 1s horses , come out of his comfort zone and get 600,000 guaranteed to the win , come and get it so GAME ON DUDE can smash him , and let everyone see that DAN is just a good turf miler
WILL More than 1 year ago
hes got nothing to prove anything in the fourstardave, he should be running in the million but remember hes a gelding so they are really only running for $.That why we wont find out how good this horse is.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Aha, it's the weekly "Wise Dan is ducking horses, no he's not!" debate at drf.com. Ultimately I think they are taking a disappointing path here. He already won the 4sd by a zillion lengths last year and there's not a turf horse in the country that can give him a race if he's right. Maybe Europe will send someone over. Either way, it sure would have been a heck of a lot more exciting if he went in the Whitney. I don't think they are ducking anyone though. They want to win $ and keep their star gelding in good shape because he is an asset that can produce great returns for a few more years if he just keeps winning these turf races. The Whitney is the type of spot where he would probably acquit himself well and finish 2nd and suffer a career ending injury. It's a matter of dollars and sense, people. Wherever he runs, I say Go Wise Dan!
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
Does this mean that Dan may run pass 9f on dirt against real grade 1 horse , NOT !!!!!!! LOL
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
So DRF, you are saying that soon, a short news report that tells us that the Horse of the Year stumbled in a routine gallop in the morning will be behind a DRF PLUS pay wall? At least the tweets will still be free, right?
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
As will the not-at-all annoying popup urging us to sign up for DRF Plus
jon g More than 1 year ago
Wow,your first non-Baffert post !
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
Thou know me not very well Mr.Jon G. Although i have been extremely critical of Mr. Baffert, I have pummeled the likes of Mr. Lukas, Mr. Pletcher, Mr. Rodríguez whilst praising the owners of Paynter (the Zayat family), Mr Repole, Wise Dan and his connections, Godolphin and Sheik Maktoum and many many more. I have always tried to keep a respectful tone in my posts even though some are not worthy of that respect (cough Mr. Lukas cough). For you to say that this would be my "first non-Baffert post" means you haven't been following my posts very much. If you meant to be sarcastic it means y'all love me, y'all really really love me (to paraphrase someone at the Oscars/Emmys a few years back.) Hehehehe
DouglasR More than 1 year ago
I recently did a survey about this DRF + thing and told them how I wouldnt be using DRF at all anymore. Most of the writers are a bunch of blow hards that couldnt pick a winner unless it was 3-1 or less. Go Equibase !!! And FYI --DRF-theres plenty of avenues for free PPs that are just as good as yours.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
The thing is Mr Douglas (by the way are you Rene Douglas, the amazing PANAMANIAN Jockey) I read drf.com for the news and the ability to participate in posting in the fórums. I don't use the PPs except for important race cards and it is the news columns that appear to also be getting cut in the move to DRF+. Pity
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
I wonder why they are doing this in a niche sport that needs all the yes it can get, and they will have far less traffic for advertisers. My guess is they won't put all of the news behind the paywall that they are claiming will be DRF Plus Preview articles this month to scare folks into signing up. I could be wrong. I'm not paying them either.
commenting More than 1 year ago
I always remember the images from when Point Given tossed his exercise rider, who also managed to pull the bridle right off as he came off, leaving PG to run amok with a saddle but no bridle or rider! Bob Baffert saw it and just turned around to go back to the barn. This was right before he won one of the big ones, can't remember which. They sure keep us on our toes!
James More than 1 year ago
I believe Stevens was working him and the Prince was watching. They were all very relieved. Several weeks later PG crushes in the Travers. The Prince had 50 people out on the main track for the return to winners circle. Several months later he was dead from a heart attack. Shows you have to live while you can
not impressed More than 1 year ago
And Point Given never ran again either...
John Howland More than 1 year ago
It was the prince who bought the Derby with War Emblem who died shortly thereafter.Unless it was the same guy.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Yes. War Emblem atoned for Point Given's Derby loss for the Prince.