07/27/2013 4:17PM

Saratoga: Wise Dan smokes through Fourstardave work

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Barbara D. Livingston
Wise Dan, with Damien Rock aboard, zips five furlongs in 57.39 on the Oklahoma turf course Saturday.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Last August, before leaving Saratoga, Wise Dan had observers’ jaws dropping with an effortlessly fast workout over the Oklahoma turf course.

Saturday, with a bevy of onlookers present, Wise Dan – the reigning Horse of the Year – did it again, working a sensational five furlongs in 57.39 seconds while galloping out an equally impressive six furlongs in 1:09.41 under exercise rider Damien Rock.

Wise Dan was working toward an Aug. 10 start in the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap, a race he won here last summer which began his current seven-race winning streak.

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“I was very pleased,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said back at the barn. “I know he’s an incredible work horse. That’s why I don’t work him very much. I was thinking he’d go 59 or 1:00, but you know that turf’s probably firm.”

And Wise Dan is probably pretty fast. Rock had a hard time holding the gelding as he galloped around the first turn and got ready to break off at the five-furlong pole. He went his first quarter in 12.09 seconds and the quarter in 23.37, which meant he came home in 33.98 seconds.

“Once he hits that stride you don’t want to try to slow him down,” Rock said. “That makes him uncomfortable. He just did it effortlessly and comfortably; faster than Charlie wanted to go, faster than I thought I was going. I thought I was going in 59.”

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Said LoPresti: “He walked back here like he didn’t even breeze, that’s the scary thing.”

With three races and that work under his belt, Wise Dan may not have another timed breeze before the Fourstardave.

“I’ll let him tell me,” LoPresti said. “You saw today what he is. That’s the way he does it. Why would you work a horse like that all the time?”