08/24/2012 5:07PM

Saratoga: Wise Dan has fast but effortless workout for Woodbine Mile

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Barbara D. Livingston
Wise Dan is being pointed to the Woodbine Mile on Sept. 16.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Charles Lopresti wasn’t looking for anything special when he brought Wise Dan over to the Oklahoma turf course Friday morning for his first workout since his victory in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap.

What the trainer saw made not only him, but also the other people who watched the breeze shake their heads in disbelief.

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In what looked like a common gallop, Wise Dan breezed five furlongs in 59.13 seconds, preparing for a start in the $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sept. 16. Saratoga clockers actually credited Wise Dan with a half-mile move in 45.89 because he was supposed to break off from the half-mile pole. Under exercise rider Damien Rock, Wise Dan went from the five-eighths pole to the half-mile pole in 13.24 seconds.

After hitting the wire, Wise Dan proceeded to gallop out six furlongs in 1:10.94 and pulled up seven furlongs in 1:23.39; closer to times one would see in the afternoon, not the morning.

“He’s a freak of nature, I guess,” Lopresti said as he walked away from the clocker’s stand. “I wouldn’t want him to go that fast for his first work, but it’s the way he does it. If you don’t have a watch on him, it looks like he’s just galloping; he’s not asking him for anything. And it’s not like he’s a run-off horse that’s doing it then dying at the end. He’s picking it up. That’s the amazing thing about it.”

Wise Dan has run three races this year. He set a Polytrack record for 1 1/8 miles winning the Ben Ali at Keeneland. He got beat a head by Ron the Greek in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster on dirt at Churchill. He slipped through the rail to win the Grade 2 Fourstardave by five lengths here on Aug. 11.

For now, Lopresti plans to keep Wise Dan on the turf with the Breeders’ Cup Mile as the goal. But he’s taking it one race – and work – at a time.

Lopresti said he might not even work Wise Dan again before the Woodbine Mile.

“That’s why I don’t want to work him that much because of how fast he is,” Lopresti said. “He had that monster work [before the Fourstardave] and his next work was the race.”

That Wise Dan is doing so well helps take the sting out of losing Successful Dan and Turallure earlier this year due to injury. Successful Dan has a tendon injury while Turallure was sidelined with bone bruising.

Lopresti said Successful Dan recently underwent stem cell therapy and has been hand-walked for two weeks, adding that Successful Dan will now be turned out for two months. Lopresti said Turallure will get new X-rays next week and “hopefully he gets a clean bill of health.”

Dutrow high on Pacific Ocean

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. is spending more time at Aqueduct this summer than he is at Saratoga, mostly due to the fact that he has about 70 horses in training at the Big A. Among those are his stakes-winning tandem of Pacific Ocean and Redeemed.

Pacific Ocean, who won the Grade 3 James Marvin Stakes here on opening day, will make a return trip to Saratoga for the Grade 1 Forego on Sept. 2. On Tuesday, Pacific Ocean drilled six furlongs in 1:13.88 at Aqueduct.

“That horse is doing really good. I can’t wait to watch him run again,” Dutrow said.

Meanwhile, Dutrow has not worked Redeemed since his narrow victory in the Greenwood Cup at Parx on July 14. Dutrow said his goal is the Breeders’ Cup Marathon, and he is hoping to find an easy race about six weeks out.

“I’ve asked California and I’ve asked Belmont to put a race up,” Dutrow said. “Belmont doesn’t seem like they’re interested. We’ll see what California says.”

Summer Front likely for Jamaica

Summer Front, who suffered his first loss on turf when third in the Grade 1 Secretariat, will likely make his next start in the Grade 1 Jamaica at Belmont on Oct. 6, trainer Christophe Clement said. The Jamaica is run at 1 1/8 miles.

Summer Front took the lead at the quarter pole in the Secretariat but couldn’t last the 1 1/4 miles. “I thought the horse tried very hard. We’ll live to fight another day,” Clement said. “Obviously, the distance was an issue. The Jamaica is an exciting race, and we’ll go from there.”

Lunar Victory makes it five straight

Lunar Victory, the New York-bred son of Speightstown owned by Juddmonte Farms, made it five consecutive victories Thursday when he won a third-level allowance race against open company by 3 1/2 lengths.

Trainer Bill Mott was naturally pleased with the performance and now must decide whether to keep him against New York-breds and shoot for the $250,000 Empire Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 20 or try him in an open company stakes.

One potential spot to face open company would be the $500,00 Hawthorne Gold Cup, a 1 1/4-mile dirt race run on Oct. 6.

“I could run him straightaway in the New York-bred stake,” Mott said Friday. “It’s just a matter if we want to step up into open company.”

Lunar Victory covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.23 and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 100.