05/19/2014 2:12PM

Wise Dan could head home Wednesday

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Barbara D. Livingston
Horse of the Year Wise Dan continues to recover well following emergency surgery on May 16.

Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan continued to recover without complications after undergoing emergency surgery the morning of May 16 in Lexington, Ky., and could be released from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital as early as Wednesday.

“He is great,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said.

Wise Dan underwent surgery at Rood and Riddle Friday morning to repair a twist in his small intestine; the problem was caught early, and the procedure did not require a resection. After not receiving feed overnight – which is standard procedure following gastrointestinal surgery – Wise Dan was allowed small amounts of food the day after surgery, and has been hand-grazed the following two days.

Upon being released from the clinic, Wise Dan will continue his recovery in familiar surroundings. LoPresti said it has not been decided yet if the gelding will go to his Forest Lane Farm near Lexington, Ky., or to his Keeneland base.

Barring complications with his long-term recovery, Wise Dan could resume light training in six to eight weeks, with this issue not necessarily career-ending.

Wise Dan has won 21 of 29 career starts, including back-to-back editions of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, earning $6,802,920. The Wiseman's Ferry gelding and Morton Fink homebred began this season with two Grade 1 victories, scoring in the Maker’s 46 Mile on April 11 at Keeneland before winning the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard – less than two weeks before his surgery.

Wise Dan was honored as Horse of the Year, champion older male, and champion turf male for both 2012 and 2013.

Steve More than 1 year ago
The connections are compassionate people when it comes to Wise Dan and I'm sure they will do the right thing. Hoping for a complete recovery and if we see you again on the racetrack great, if not have a great life Dan
kimmons2 More than 1 year ago
God has Blessed our Great horse! Go Wise Dan!!
Bigwoody More than 1 year ago
best of luck. Watched him at his best, the Woodbine Mile.
Virginia Petit More than 1 year ago
Everybody is cheering for you and your connections, Dan...home stretch now.
liljock More than 1 year ago
Happy to hear Dan is doing well. All the talk lately is California Chrome but don't ever forget this guy and what he's done for racing the last few years.
Robin Ted Mizerak More than 1 year ago
Funny how folks that never owned a horse always wants other people to retire a their horse. Do you honestly think Mr Fink and Mr Lopresti would put this horse in harms way ? Let him have some time to recover first to see if his career can get back on track before sending him out to pasture. Horses love to run lets hope Wise Dan can return to his former ability before ending his career, we will probably never see another one like him.
Jay More than 1 year ago
why do any horse owners race their horses when they know darn well its not in the best interest of the horse??? MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! too many owners out there that should be run right of the sport.
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
He is one of my favorite horses of all time Charlie will do right by him I trust in Charlie. Thank You to all the connections for the joy this horse has given me and horseracing fans. 21 for 29 that is 1st ballot hall of fame stuff.
Adam DeSantis More than 1 year ago
This horse has given racing, its fans, owners and trainer 110% for his entire career...it time to repay WD for all the entertainment he has brought to all of us and allow him a nice long and happy retirement. He has nothing to prove to anyone.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
great news and hoping and praying there are no setbacks
Satram Parbhudial More than 1 year ago
Best wishes