08/24/2013 12:06PM

Saratoga: Wise Dan looks headed to Woodbine Mile

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Barbara D. Livingston
Wise Dan, winner of the Grade 2 Fourstardave in his last start, is being pointed to the Woodbine Mile on Sept. 15.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – It doesn’t look like Wise Dan wants to wait until October to make his next start.

Wise Dan, the reigning Horse of the Year, was full of himself Saturday morning both during and after a half-mile workout over Saratoga’s main track, after which trainer Charlie LoPresti said it was likely Wise Dan would make his next start in the $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sept. 15. He won that race and the Shadwell Turf Mile en route to the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Horse of the Year honors.

“After what I saw this morning, it would be crazy to try and sit on him until Keeneland,” said LoPresti, who had initially thought about waiting for the Grade 1, $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 5.

What LoPresti saw in Wise Dan’s half-mile move in 47.49 seconds at 5:50 a.m. was an energetic horse who seems to be thriving. Under Damien Rock, Wise Dan went his first quarter in 23.75 and his second quarter in 23.74 before continuing to gallop out five furlongs in 1:00.20 and six furlongs in 1:14.60. It was Wise Dan’s first work since he won the Grade 2 Fourstardave here Aug. 10, his eighth consecutive victory.

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“Damien said he didn’t get away from him,” LoPresti said. “Damien said ‘He was dragging me the whole way.’ He went easy for him, it’s not like he’s fatigued.”

LoPresti is hopeful that Turallure runs well in next Saturday’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga and then he can run him back in the Grade 1 Shadwell, with a chance to get into the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Meanwhile, LoPresti said that Wise Dan would likely have one more work in Saratoga before he returns to his base at Keeneland.

kimmons2 More than 1 year ago
What a Champion he is!! Wise Dan is The Man!!! Praying that God continues to best him and keep him safe and sound!!
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
OK. Now God cares about a horse and will keep him safe, I've heard everything!
commenting More than 1 year ago
A horse running at one distance on one surface does not a superstar make... he needs to run on different surfaces and at different distances to earn that... a la Secretariat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
so many nay sayers wanting to knock the champ to make themselves look intelligent. The result? So many nay sayers look awfully stupid. Maybe he should also go in a steeple chase..
James Desmond More than 1 year ago
So Wise Dan running in and winning the Clark, Fayette, Ben Ali, Phoenix & Presque Isle Mile are not different distances / surfaces than turf miles? Next time know your stuff before opening your mouth
Frederick Jones More than 1 year ago
You must be the author of the book, " How to speak like an idiot"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He has dipshit.
Doug Paslaski More than 1 year ago
Horse of the year!!! BEST HORSE EVER!!!! SUPER STAR!!!!! Joke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go play in traffic.
Jeff Brown More than 1 year ago
He will lose at Woodbine.
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
Dream on. WD should be heralded as one of the best horses of the last 15 years.
kimmons2 More than 1 year ago
Why don't you get a life!! If you don't like to see the Greatest don't watch him! Other wise why don't you find another site!
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
cant say he will lose at a track..WTF you picking? give a horse that is going to beat him
Frederick Jones More than 1 year ago
Only if he plays the slot machines
Orba Hall More than 1 year ago
WE all know any horse can be beat on a given day etc.I have watch Wise Dan hit the road and he is a great horse.At present I see no one that can beat him except Game ON Dude to give him a run for his money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your right!. But only right if he doesn't ship for the race......