10/13/2014 12:36PM

Wise Dan injured, will miss Breeders' Cup

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Wise Dan won the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile on Oct. 4 in his most recent start.

Wise Dan, a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, will miss the 2014 Mile because of an injured ankle.

Wise Dan’s injury, a non-displaced fracture in his right foreleg, was revealed in a press release Monday from the Breeders’ Cup. The injury, Wise Dan’s connections surmise, occurred when Wise Dan won the Shadwell Turf Mile on Oct. 4. Whether Wise Dan, a 7-year-old, can continue racing won’t be known until the injury fully heals.

“He was scheduled to breeze in a few days, and [trainer Charles LoPresti] checked him over to be sure he was 100 percent,” owner-breeder Mort Fink said in the release. “Unfortunately, Charlie noticed some swelling in his ankle and quickly decided to X-ray him to be sure everything was all right. The X-rays identified a non-displaced ‘half-moon-shaped’ fracture of the bottom of the cannon bone.”

Fink said Wise Dan would get 30 days of rest before any decisions regarding his racing future are reached.

“He is 7 years old with 30 starts in his career, so we'll let him show us what to do next,” Fink said. “We won't decide if he will return to training until we see if he heals perfectly because he has nothing left to prove. This is not a fracture that can be helped with surgery; he has to heal it on his own.”

Fink bred Wise Dan by mating the obscure sire Wiseman’s Ferry to his lone broodmare, Lisa Danielle, and the result was one of the best racehorses in recent history. The Shadwell Turf Mile was Wise Dan’s 14th straight turf win – all in Grade 1 or Grade 2 competition – and ran his career record to 23-2-0 from 31 starts. Wise Dan has won 15 of his 16 turf races and earned $7,552,920 during a career that began on Feb. 10, 2010, at Turfway Park.

This has been a difficult year for Wise Dan, a kind, classy chestnut who has been Horse of the Year two years running. In May, he underwent emergency surgery because of colic, and Wise Dan did not make it back to the races until Aug. 30, when he scored a desperate win in the Bernard Baruch at Saratoga.

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Wise Dan would have been favored at Santa Anita to become the second horse to win three straight Breeders’ Cup races. Only Goldikova, who won the Mile three years in a row, has pulled off the feat. His absence throws the 2014 Mile wide-open. The race could easily attract a full field this year, and for the first time in the Wise Dan turf-mile era, it will have no defined favorite.

Ben Mcdougall More than 1 year ago
Phenominal horse!!! congratulations is all I can say!
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Sorry Wise Dan won't be in the Mile to represent but we do have another out standing runner representing America who for some reason doesn't get much press and most likely is the one to beat and no his name is not Obviously who IMO has lost a couple of steps this year and will just fill in the top five, head to the windows and pile on the $$$$$ because the door was,just kicked down for this new dude who will be crowned the new B.C.Turf Mile champ and yes he is an American runner. Good luck on guessing who he is and when you do guess go make some $$$$ on him.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
OK forego...you seem like an east coaster so with that said I'll guess.....the same as you...
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
With WD out don't think U.S. runners hit the board. Seek again maybe, Toms Tribute... Good luck, Big Bane Theory..... Great show...(TV not bet)
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Tom's Tribute isn't winning anything Captain Obvious.
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
Wise Dan's ability to maintain his form over time is what points him out as a great horse. Yes his campaigns have been well managed and he has shown up every single time. He's a smart, determined animal and he knows where the wire is. You never hear anyone say he pulls up when he makes the lead. If he's done he'll be missed and he has more than earned a good retirement. It's sad to lose a star but it would be good to see him go out a winner - whenever that may be. Tragic is what happened to Dance With Fate. Question at their respective peaks who was the better turf miler Wise Dan or Goldikova?
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
I have to say Goldikova. She was amazing and won Group 1 events in Europe...where we all know that's the toughest turf racing in the World. However, I do want to say I love Wise Dan...he is a monster. I love that he ran initially in the BC Sprint in the beginning of his career. But, when they finally put him on the Turf and ran him two turns, he really was almost unbeatable. Both horses are great. Almost a dead heat....but, I have to give it to the gal......Goldikova was incredible.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
I cant disagree with your opinion...tho i thought Dan's last was maybe his best...Had every possible excuse to lose...then wins going away...awesome.
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
I would also agree that Goldikova would get the nod - at her best her burst of acceleration (which is so important on turf) seems better than Wise Dan's. But that being said if they ran a match race at a mile I think WD would have beaten her - possessing more natural speed, he would have had a major advantage. I wish Dan had gotten to skip across the puddle and run at Ascot! It would have been fun to see him face Euros.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
With Toronado coming, it is game set and match for the mile.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Anodin for second.
bobmcvann1 More than 1 year ago
never forget his completely all business face going for the wire down the stretch. a phenomenal horse.
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Wise Dan is a great horse but we will be OK with stars like Dreamsgonewild and Golden Ticket running.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Golden ticket a star? Surely you are just having some fun.
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Yes, kidding. But Golden Ticket is a pretty nice horse with a huge shot to better his 2nd place finish from last year.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Not in a g1.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
His Travers would argue that comment Perl.
jon g More than 1 year ago
This may be the worst Breeders Cup ever,especially for star power. The Classic has 4 nice 3yo vs a bunch of Gr 3 and overnight horses. The Ladies and Turf will be short fields with one or two standouts. Then you have the joke turf sprint.And they cancel the Marathon.The Mile now is a grade 2 or 3 field.And of course you have the painted green concrete masquerading as turf and a souped up highway of a dirt track
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Geeze Jon....cheer up dude. My advice....go to a LIVE race meet somewhere, sit in the grandstands with some binoculars....and get back to your roots and enjoy some fresh air and this great sport of kings. Yes, I'll miss Wise Dan too...but, all the BC races are going to be awesome. These horses are great. Bunch of G3's in the Classic...I respectfully disagree. This years Classic may be the most exciting to watch in years. The Mile now will be wide open and exciting. I've read some of your posts before....you are for sure well informed...but, geeze....cheer up. It's all good. Even the Distaff is exciting this year. Be happy. You're worth it.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Um Jon, they changed the dirt at SA this season. Have you seen any races there yet? And, the SA turf course has played extremely fair for all BCs run there. Stop being so negative before the races are even run. You actually still have a chance to win.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
sad to say but, this would probably be the best time for Wise Dan to retire. nothing like going out a WINNER! plus, he has nothing to prove because you could NEVER fault a record like his!
Monty Fisher More than 1 year ago
Lastly to me the B.C. Mile just won't have the excitement level it would have had with Dan being out and not having the chance to "3 Peat" or win H.O.Y. again ! It's wide open now !
tommy More than 1 year ago
Monty wise dan already won horse of the year twice. Now he is working to become horse of the century. He has multiple track records in various distances and has a world record in mile and a world record at 1 1/8. Secretariat ran 1 1/8 at 147 and bayern ran 1 1/8 at 146.9 and wise dan ran 146.63. Wise dan still has at least 2 or 3 years left in his tank and will become the richest horse in history when it comes to earning, he will pass cigar next year!
Monty Fisher More than 1 year ago
So sad ! We loved Wise Dan so much and were really looking forward to his next victory in the B.C. Mile @ Santa Anita, what a shame ! Maybe it's time to give the ol guy his due retirement ? I still think he can run & win though if this injury heals itself ? If not, time to STUD him with "Zenyatta", wow how would that be race fans ?
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I doubt much would come out of a breeding attempt, Monty :)
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
You really shouldn't use your real name when your commenting.
Jake Footballe More than 1 year ago
It's ok Monty. It's guys like you I love sharing pari mutuel wagering against. How in the world is Wise Dan going to reproduce since he is a gelding ? Love your enthusiasm but you need to be a little informed
Brian More than 1 year ago
wow! really? u know there is a key to help u read the form right? wow.