05/17/2014 11:21AM

Wise Dan has uneventful night following surgery

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Wise Dan, winning last month's Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland, is recuperating from colic surgery performed Friday morning.

Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan spent an uneventful night at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., after undergoing emergency colic surgery Friday morning.

"He is great," trainer Charlie LoPresti said Saturday morning.

Wise Dan showed signs of discomfort following a routine gallop Friday morning at Keeneland, prompting his trainer to send the 7-year-old gelding to Rood and Riddle. He underwent surgery to repair a twist in his small intestine. The procedure was relatively uncomplicated, with no resection required; and the problem was caught before it could progress to the point of additional complications, such as a compromised blood supply

Plans called for Wise Dan to remain in the clinic for a few days - a critical time period following any type of colic surgery - before going home to continue his recuperation. He was to begin receiving small amounts of food on Saturday.

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. He 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.

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

tim More than 1 year ago
There is nothing more exciting in the sport to see Wise Dan beating horses like Lochte and Za Approval. Please don't retire him! Or this game will go down hill.
Joseph More than 1 year ago
It's time to retire him. He's a great horse and he has nothing to prove plus he won his last race!
Dee Englehart More than 1 year ago
It's so good to hear that Wise Dan is doing well. I'm keeping good thoughts that he will continue to improve and we will see him back on the turf where he belongs.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Glad to hear the Champ is at least comfortable. Wish him well.
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
the other 2 I mentioned, neither had a pimple on them when I retired them, they were both 8 and were both getting somewhat bothered racing in the heat of the summer, that being the best part of the racing season in the northeast, so I brought them home, handled them and cared for them every damn day decided I loved them even more than before, and they have been with me everyday since.
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
21for 29 is a great career, I have 2 at home with good win % and another with 18 lifetime wins who is in the Exceller Funds Warrior retirement program, either way I would like to see this guy retired, he will always be one of the greatest.
kimmons2 More than 1 year ago
I think Charlie and the owner will let Wise Dan tell them if he wants to go back to racing! Don't think for a minute they would race him if he was not on top of his game! I think Wise Dan is one of those rare horses that feeds off of competition and the spot light. I think they will make the right decision what every it may be! God Bless Wise Dan!!
Roberta More than 1 year ago
The greatest horse in America since the 70's. Period.
kimmons2 More than 1 year ago
Amen!!!
Perl More than 1 year ago
It's an interesting debate. He has had longevity and incredible consistency. It's hard to compare him because he's somewhat of a specialist, although at the same time he has won big races on all three surfaces. The hard core folks will say he needed to win at 10f to be considered the greatest since the 70s. I would say he's the greatest turf star this country has seen since John Henry. And I don't include the horses that just shipped here for the Breeder's Cup, like Goldikova, who also deserves her due.
Andy Dufresne More than 1 year ago
If he were a horse there is no doubt they would retire him. But he is a gelding and there's no profit to be made retiring a gelding. Unfortunately profit takes precedence in horse racing
Stephen Mercier More than 1 year ago
DO the right thing