09/10/2013 12:25PM

Woodbine Mile: Wise Dan has final breeze

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Barbara D. Livingston
Wise Dan is scheduled to arrive at Woodbine on Friday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Wise Dan, the defending champion and marquee player, is slated to arrive early Friday morning for Sunday’s Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile.

Trained by Charlie LoPresti, Wise Dan breezed four furlongs in 48.20 seconds at his Keeneland base Tuesday morning, six days after breezing five furlongs there in 59 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:11.

“He’s really fit and ready to go,” LoPresti said. “Maybe we’ll take him over to the paddock and school him, and he will have a gallop day, probably on Saturday like we did last year.”

Also remaining on target for the Woodbine Mile are Za Approval, based in New York; Dimension, from Kentucky; and Trade Storm, from England. Locals expected to run are Excaper and Riding the River.

The Woodbine Mile on turf heads a four-stakes card that also includes the Grade 1, $500,000 Northern Dancer, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up; the Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares; and the Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile Polytrack race for a 3-year-olds.

Ontario Derby: B E Boston Strong breezes

B E Boston Strong, a recent private purchase by Carlo and Lou Tucci, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the main track here Tuesday in preparation for the Ontario Derby.

“He breezed very, very well,” said Martha Gonzalez, wife and assistant to B E Boston Strong’s trainer, Nick Gonzalez.

B E Boston Strong, bred in Ontario by Chuck Fipke, was at Woodbine last year with trainer Roger Attfield and worked a number of times over the local Polytrack under the name Soul of Rahfee.

Sold to New England interests, the newly christened B E Boston Strong started twice on the dirt at Suffolk Downs this summer and is coming off a 10 1/4-length maiden win over six furlongs that yielded a Beyer Speed Figure of 83.

Jesse Campbell was aboard for the breeze and has the call for the Ontario Derby.

Martha Gonzalez also reports that the barn is keeping its options open with River Seven, another 3-year-old gelding owned by the Tuccis who is nominated to both the Woodbine Mile and the Ontario Derby.

“We’re still debating on where we’re running,” she said. “He’s doing well and everything. We just want to do the right thing by him.”

River Seven is coming off a second-place finish here Aug. 18 in the Breeders’ Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile race that was his first on turf.

Canadian: Pure Blue Sky gallops

Pure Blue Sky galloped over the E.P. Taylor turf course here Tuesday morning under exercise rider Dean Deverell with an eye toward Sunday’s Canadian, which is a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

“Every time she goes over the turf, she gets a little better,” said Sam DiPasquale, who trains Pure Blue Sky for Murray Stroud, Tom Rootham, and Gordon Clarke. “She’s got the pedigree for turf, but she didn’t take to it at first.”

Pure Blue Sky, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old, is coming off a third-place finish in the Flaming Page, a 1 1/2-mile overnight turf stakes for fillies and mares here Aug. 14.

rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Would someone tell Bill Tallon to correct his article please.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
I will be at Monmouth Park on Sunday for their Monmouth/Woodbine handicapping contest. Anyone else going?
mikey More than 1 year ago
good luck!!!
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Go Wise Dan! Wish you would run in BC classic.
papajoe Santiago More than 1 year ago
whats sense of running wise Dan if you can't bet on the race because you only have 6 horses running are they the board the ones prepare these races people with sense will not bet on a race like this or are owners so afraid of the don any thing can happen in a race & see the field that they have in Canada is not like they don't have good horses or our quality have suffer from the greed of the arabes that thry come here & buy our champions that takes away money from our sports & prestige that is why we will never ever have another horse like secretariat or conquistador cielo or kelso for that matter our sport is dying weather we want to admitted or not I mean you can.t even see a race at belmot park because the promotions that they have you can't see the race you can only hear it the old bettors that can not go to the track can not see it ,you have to press 20 buttons just hear ibecause they want to know who you are were from & whos your daddy.only in America
mikey More than 1 year ago
but the racing media will have articles comparing Wise Dan to a Forego or John Henry......but they also do it across the pond comparing miler Frankel to real great thoroughbreds that have won top prestigious 12 furlongs races like the Arc, Derbies and KG6.....talk about overrated....imo that one is....
Paul Perata More than 1 year ago
How about working on your grammar, punctuation, and spelling?? Then come back and try again. I have no idea what you just said.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Another english teacher on a website, where people post opinions about the horse racing industry.
Big Bob More than 1 year ago
It's pretty hard to understand what his opinion is.
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
W. Dan is obviously a top class animal. What he brings to the party that so few have is enduring consistency. He runs every single time. Add in positional speed, intelligence and a will to win and you have a special horse. Originally the plan was for WD to train up to a single prep before the Cup, if that had stayed the case this would be a larger field and would still lack genuine star power. Let's see if WD can repeat in the BC. If so, the only places he'll meet a field that threatens him is overseas - Royal Ascot, Longchamps, Dubai and it would be most exciting to see him compete on an international stage. At least in the BC he is bound to face some top class international turf milers and that will be a better yardstick than this pale rendition, of the usually deep and classy Woodbine mile.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Wise Dan is no doubt a top class miler. I don't get too crazy over his performances since the BC. He beat all who entered. There are a couple of US horses that can give him a run for the money in So Cal. Gabriel Charles could be any kind and Obviously looks to be better than he was last year. I think Wise Dan can dispose of Obviously by stalking and pressuring him, but Gabriel Charles could definitely run them both down.
Steven Simonovic More than 1 year ago
This race is for $1 Million!!!! This is a NO-brainer spot for this horse.
tim blake More than 1 year ago
i haven't liked the rest of his schedule this year but you can't blame Wise Dan and connections for this race. it's normally a tough race and they weren't ducking anyone by planning to race in it. It just sounds like this year's edition isn't turning out that great but they didn't know that when they put it on their schedule. might have something to do with Europeans scratching North America off their calendars altogether with Breeders Cup being repeated at such an awful location (track surface-wise).
Mark allstarbuglers More than 1 year ago
What time is the gallop on Saturday/
Fred Greenstein More than 1 year ago
It amazes me that people are so arrogant as to question an owner's decision to run against whoever he wants . Until people start paying Dan's training bills maybe it would be more appropriate to sit back and marvel at a job well done. The hostility implied by " I hope he gets his head handed to him" is very sad. It's a racehorse , an owner, and a trainer. Doing what they do day in and day out. And doing it very well. Don't take his successes personally.
mikey More than 1 year ago
still not getting it?......and you guys keep wondering why this industry is dying away...actually basically dead without casino welfare checks......hoty suppose to be a big deal....they get that award because he is suppose to be the best.....how is this hoy attracting publicity.....publicity attracts attention.....from this attention is how you get fans.....you know the fans that becomes customers.....you know what customers are? don't you?......you don't?.....i guess not.....let me tell you what a customer is....it is not the owner....it is not the racetrack....it is not the trainer.....customers is how a industry survives and thrives....this industry is losing a good percentage of it's customer base year after year.....but it is not getting new customers......no customer.s...no business.......
Perl More than 1 year ago
Horseracing is not dying. I will grant you it has its challenges but it will never go away There are good efforts underway to increase interest. Fox Sports 1 is putting out a new wrinkle on broadcasting racing next year and it has a lot of promise. Don't you get tired of being such a pessimist?
mikey More than 1 year ago
hollywood park just closed.....now take out casino money.....then tell me where we are.....no not pessimistic.....being realistic.....Sure that might help but I doubt it....that should have been done long ago.....yap it might not completely die.....but it will nothing more than a whimper of a sport.....because seeing a race on tv does not make a fan.....it is going live to the racetrack that makes a fan then that fan could become customer.....
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
It's dying. Get some guys on TvG that can actually pick winners and maybe we can draw some people back into the stands. Educate the young on HOW to pick winners and they will bring friends. Right now, all we have are a whole lot of old men dying that won't be in the stands or OTB anymore. At my OTD, two dyed last week
mikey More than 1 year ago
You are not going to get young people to this great sport because they screwed the pooch when the great prestigious races DISSAPPEARED FROM THE HEADLINES, television...and SPORTS PAGES.....i am talking about the great races like Big Cap from SA all the way to the Handicap Triple in the east....that is because the great classic distance thoroughbreds that ran in these great races has been replaced by sprinters and milers....other than the KD what race is headlined in mainstream media?.....add the RDM that they have kicked down the road for decades and what we got....heading to BIG ZERO....
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
They are asked to give an opinion in every race. No one can give winners in every race. One thing I learned long ago is, trust your instincts. You don't need a talking head giving you a winner. Don't bet every race, pick your spots, always wager the same amount and limit the gimmicks.
mikey More than 1 year ago
not pessimist....realist.....like I said....our last 3 hoty were 3 females and a miler....there was a time that the great routers dominated the hoty....and when I mean routers that is 10 furlongs and longer....where are those thoroughbreds now?.....
James P More than 1 year ago
No disagreement that US horses are no longer bred for speed and can no longer stay the way they used to. Just look at how the distances of big races have been cut back (Gazelle, Coaching Club American Oaks, etc). But that's not related to what we are talking about IMO.
mikey More than 1 year ago
James P.....of course it is related.....we breed for speed at shorter distances because you can get a G1 race at shorter distances as a 2 year old....that is the sweet spot today....get an Uncle Mo or a Shanghai Bobby and you get $$$ at the breeding shed.....does not matter today if they cannot get the derby distance of 10 furlongs....and waiting for a horse to develop for longer distances as an older runner is not smart investment today.....that is why you see the 1 to 2 furlongs timed at 2 year old sales today....the problem with this model is that the horses do not race long enough to generate interest and attract new fans.....
Perl More than 1 year ago
Yeah but that's more a result of inbreeding than anything else, although your point is well taken, mikey. Still there are aspects of the game that remain healthy, mostly the triple crown and the effort can be made to convert fans of the triple crown into more general horseracing fans. Horseracing has a nice retro appeal and I would only argue that the game is not dying. The game is in decline no doubt, but I don't view the issues as necessarily terminal.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Perl.....how is the triple crown going to do it.....last time we had a chance to get our breeding going I'll Have Another went to Japan!! as most of our great routers....Sunday Silence anyone?..... like I said....take out the casino welfare checks and where would we be...sure not dead but less than bowling....
david More than 1 year ago
I don't believe it's listed anywhere in the "owner's handbook" that an owner is responsible for customers.
mikey More than 1 year ago
whether they like it or not....they are a big part of this dying industry.....and wringing the last few drops.....
tim blake More than 1 year ago
and what type of business do you work in where owners aren't responsible for customers? they may not be required to care about customers but if they want to keep having good horses race for big purses, customers are the only place the money is going to come from. but the self-centered attitude where owners want to show up and take purse money without caring about the sport is common and one of the many reasons horse racing has become irrelevant to almost everyone.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Fred, your right IMO. 7 days a week, 365 days a year we have to care for the horses in our stables with no days off. As for you Mikey, you have some good points but do you know Wise Dan other than seeing him at the races ? My guess is probally not. Lopresti we are all sure knows were to spot his horse WD to the BEST of his ability. Why would you send a horse at a distance where he or she couldn't handle the track or just couldn't get the distance ? Oh yes, just so the customer betting their 2 dollars to see if they could win. Would that make you happy. WD earned HOY last year. I would love to see WD in the Classic, but that isn't happening. You don't have to be a mile and a quarter horse to win HOY you know. Look at Rachel or Favorite Trick.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
You are so wrong. Fans want the HOTY to defend the title like a champ. We pay a good chunk of the purse money by gambling and paying admission. Its not arrogance. Am I arrogant for calling out Floyd Mayweather for not fighting Manny? I want to see the so called best face the best.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Isnt that what post for I don't care what races wise Dan runs all I have said is horse of the year is crock of .... I had him maybe third last year I live in America not England mile race not that important. America is about dirt route after that turf route next the dirt sprint next two year old dirt stakes. Name the first winner of Bc turf mile then name the winner before goldikova won three in a row with out looking it up. People can say what ever they like here it makes for good Convo.its not arrogant. Sports commentary would not exis without arrogance
mikey More than 1 year ago
This hoy sure getting a lot of publicity and noise..... NOT!
edb More than 1 year ago
Still polishing last year's trophy. Can't help it if no one wants to give it a go. It's Dude or Delta and then Dan. It is what it is. Another who cares race that will be hard to bet.
jay More than 1 year ago
Royal Delta? You must be kidding.
edb More than 1 year ago
Go with class. I like Princess of Slymar as my favorite filly this year. Shame not nominated for BC yet. Horse has run like a champ all year. Has been an up and down year for so many horses. It was plain stupid to run RD in Dubai and there is the bounce factor after they get home. If she wins her third BC and Dude loses, then what is your answer?
Perl More than 1 year ago
what a petty comment.
mikey More than 1 year ago
nothing petty about an industry who is fading away......the denial is what is frightening....