09/12/2013 1:08PM

Woodbine: Wise Dan lands post 4 for Woodbine Mile

Barbara D. Livingston
Wise Dan was assigned post 4 for Sunday's Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Wise Dan was sent off at 1-2 when winning last year’s Woodbine Mile by 3 1/4 lengths for owner Morton Fink and trainer Charlie LoPresti.

On Sunday, Wise Dan has been pegged at 2-5 in track oddsmaker Ernie Perri’s morning line and will be seeking his ninth straight victory while looking to defend his title in the Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile for 3-year-olds and up. The Woodbine Mile is a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In race, offering a fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Now 6 and coming off a campaign in which he was named North America’s Horse of the Year, champion turf male, and champion older male, Wise Dan will face five rivals in the Woodbine Mile and emerged from the ceremonial draw in the trackside tent with post 4.

John Velazquez returns aboard Wise Dan, who will be the 124-pound highweight but will be dropping five pounds off his last-out victory in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile turf race that he also won last year prior to his Woodbine Mile heroics.

[BREEDERS' CUP CHALLENGE: Win and You’re In schedule and results]

Za Approval, trained in New York by Christophe Clement, traveled to Betfair Hollywood Park to finish second behind top West Coast turf miler Obviously in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on June 29.

Garret Gomez has picked up the mount on Za Approval, the 4-1 second choice in the morning line who gets in with 119 pounds and will begin from post 6.

Trade Storm, invading from England for trainer David Simcock, finished a good third when making his last start in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood.

Gary Stevens has been recruited for the mount on Trade Storm, who is the 8-1 third choice on the morning line and will start from post 3.
Trade Storm arrived late Tuesday evening and cantered five furlongs on the Polytrack here Thursday morning under work rider Christopher Hough.

Dimension, Excaper, and Riding the River ran 1-2-3 in the Grade 2 Play the King over seven furlongs on turf here Aug. 25, and all bring solid credentials into the Woodbine Mile.

Conor Murphy trains Dimension, who is based at Skylight Training Center in Kentucky and captured the Play the King by 2 1/4 lengths in front-running fashion under returning rider David Moran.

Excaper, trained here by Ian Black, has yet to win a stakes race, but has finished second in no less than six stakes, including the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs in 2011. Leading rider Luis Contreras has the mount.

Riding the River, winner of the last two runnings of Woodbine’s Grade 2 King Edward over one mile of turf, will be making his third consecutive Woodbine Mile appearance for trainer and co-owner Dave Cotey.

The 6-year-old gelding was beaten just 1 1/2 lengths by the LoPresti-trained Turallure in 2011 and ended 6 1/4 lengths behind Wise Dan last year when seemingly past his peak.

Todd Kabel, who has won three stakes aboard Riding the River, regains the mount.

Woodbine’s 11-race Sunday card also includes the Grade 1, $300,000 Northern Dancer, a 1 1/2-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up; the Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race that is a Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf; and the Grade 3 Ontario Derby, a $150,000 race for 3-year-olds.

Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
That's the boldest morning line I've ever seen at 2-5, but still means 1-5 at best and maybe worse. Can't wait for someone to tout Wise Dan as the predicted winner.
Donald More than 1 year ago
wise Dan is in ,that's great,but where are the horses,6 entries,i remember 10,12 entries for this race ,always 6 or so Europeans,and good ones ,top trainers.maybe too many options and 1m purse aint a draw anymore ,say it isn't so.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Bill Tallinn the fourstarve handicap is A MILE ON THE INNER TURF NOT A MILE 1/16. would you please correct this please. That is embarrising no your races please. Jeez. If Wise Dan ran the Mile 1/16 in 1:34.00 I will give him horse of the century forget horse of the year. Please get the facts right I hope you will get this message and make the correction by the time I come back to this post please. Thank you
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Bill Tallon see I speller your name wrong and all I had to do was copy it from the top of the page. Not my job to get it right.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
Not only the name of the autor. The "FourSTARVE" as opposed to the "Five who ate really well" The Rising of the Embar (I guess that is what "embarrising" means) and who could forget "no your races" instead of "KNOW" YOUR SPELLCHECKER, DICTIONARY AND/OR THESAURUS. Thank you Mr. Rahman Williams
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
"Author" instead of "autor" ; the spanish autocorrect feature in my laptop made sure I messed up my smart*** post
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Haha funny, I am not a professional writer I am typing on a amazon kindle. My job is not to get the facts straight that is his job and that is a mistake. I am talking a bout racing not English. The race is a mile on the inner turf not a mile and 1/16. Instead of being a English teacher why dont you talk about racing . Why dont you go back collecting $200 dollars doing some college kid homework that is what you were probably doing before you checked this post. Thank you and have a nice day. Please correct my post I will send you a few bucks that I win at the track this weekend.
HRoberish More than 1 year ago
Bridgejumpers will be in all their glory when Wise Dan runs on Sunday. Mr. Dan is a "true" champion. He runs anywhere, on any surface, any distance and any time of day or night! But we've all heard that there are only TWO SURE THINGS IN LIFE and we know what they are (death/taxes). I'd like to add Wise Dan as a third sure thing but logic dictates otherwise. Too many things can happen in a race. I wish Wise Dan well but on Sunday night you might see some news reports about people mysteriously jumping off of bridges.
Big Bob More than 1 year ago
So HRoberish, if he runs on any surface at any distance, wouldn't it make sense for him to run in America's richest race and most prestigious race for older males on the first saturday in November? Oh wait, it seems he actually has not run past 9 furlongs on any surface.... He is a champion turf miler, that's it.
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
Thank Big Bob I was going to say something , but u said its very very well , Turf Miler Turf Miler !!!!!!!' That's it , if Dan wants some the Dude will be at BCC at 1 1/4 come get some Wise Dan !!!
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
The way I look at it: THE HOY is Wise Dan. You want to beat the champ? Then beat him in his turf. WD doesn't have to go anywhere to face anyone. The contenders/pretenders are the ones that are trying to beat THE CHAMP. Do you see Floyd Mayweather fighting in Mexico, Puerto Rico or the United Kingdom? Of course not; the challengers go to the USA to face him.
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
Vinod , no one is saying Dan needs to got around the US or any other country to prove he is the champ , we all know he is the champ at a mile on turf he's proven that , but it's more that now , u talk about Floyd Mayweather is champ and does not leave the country to prove that and that's true ! But Floyd and Dan or very different , Floyd has fought the very best in 5 different weight division and he has not lost against the very best at different weight so Floyd is a true champ , Dan on the other hand has beat the very best at a mile on the turf and he beat good horses at 9f on dirt , but he has not move up to take on the best horses at 10f in the BCC so hes not HOTY he's just the champ at the Turf Mile !! That's it , when he move up in distance to take on the worlds best in the BCC than we will put him in Floyd class !
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
He IS the current HOTY; makes him the champ. Everyone's favourite Game On Dude, while an amazing horse, isn't HOTY, just the next in a list of challengers that need to take a crack at him. Cross Traffic, Ft. Larned, Palace Malice and Orb are all challengers as well. What happens if he moves up to 10F and dirt and then wins? Someone will say "well the Belmont is the test of champions so he should run and win at the Belmont distance, then to be considered a champ he needs to beat the Euros, then go to the Dubai WC" I mean people have different definitions of what a champion is. Wise Dan IS the current definition. You may not like this particular definition, but it is the current definition (or better said, the reigning definition for 2012)
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
BTW remember when people were saying Pacquiao was THE BEST? Many people said Floyd was avoiding fightingwith the best in the world. It didn't phase the Mayweather camp because THEY KNEW the truth. I believe that so do the Wise Dan camp. No need to prove anything to any of us ham 'n eggers. I am enjoying greatness by watching Wise Dan, just as I enjoyed greatness by watching Frankel, Black Caviar, Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, the Slew and the Bid, Affirmed and Alydar, et al. Btw to Mr. Rahman Williams: anytime you want to talk racing with me, or against me for that matter, I'll be more tan happy to participate.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Does not matter what people say....here are the facts...Horses were bred for the derbies....not for 6f or 8f.....Here in the USA the classic distance has been ingrained at 10 furlongs, the Kentucky Derby distance.....in Britain the prestigious Epsom Darby is 12 furlongs....that is their measure of greatness.....but those distances are now being ignored for the quick ROI because 2 year olds are not cut out to run that far....now winning ONE G1 at 2 yr old or hitting the sweet spot by winning the BC Juvy and you are guaranteed $$ in the breeding shed and the horse is a champion. LOL Black Caviar was compared to Phar Lap, Frankel to every great thoroughbreds that won at 12 furlongs like Ribot, Sea Bird, Sea The Stars and not once was compared to Goldikova when he was winning miles. Wise Dan has been mentioned with John Henry and Forego. Maybe the fans today do know know the past great thoroughbreds like Ribot won from 7 to 16 furlongs, Phar Lap a lot further than 6 furlongs and Forego won up to 2 miles carrying incredible weights. So in conclusion....the horses today is not even close to the past great thoroughbreds...the only ones today that are comparable are Saint Nicholas Abbey and imo the best thoroughbred today and the last 3 years....Orfevre...
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Any surface, any distance, as long as it's one mile on the turf.
ghost2_ More than 1 year ago
You say that like it's a bad thing.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Not at all, just gets tired hearing people say, any distance, any surface. Not the case. It's one mile turf. I say the same to anyone who says that.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Trade Storm sounds intriguing at a nice price. The streak will end eventually. They always do. Will it end here?
Perl More than 1 year ago
Trade Storm is 5 for 27 lifetime.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
I've seen worse records from Europe come here and surprise. I hope he wins. I have my BC turf mile winner already and its not Wise Dan.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Let me guess obviously.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Didn't like his last race. He's capable, but Wise Dan has proven he can stay close enough to wear him down. I'm going to take a flyer on Gabriel Charles.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Now that is a really good pick. Del mar derby winner, just don't know where he is going to go. I believe if wise Dan loses it will be a Pick six carryover. A huge payout on pick 4. I am going to throw him out of my ticket and take my chance. People will call me crazy I don't care I am trying to win big he wins these next two he is a 1/5 post time that means I am getting pick 3 money. You have to take a shot, I wish little Mike was there he may be able to set some serious fractions early. Hope for a trainer with more than two horses in race I think they will try the rabbit strategy, coolmore comes to mine
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
I haven't heard either where he is going, but his last 1/4 was impressive. I'm with you I want Wise Dan to keep his streak to the BC and then we can bet against.
jay More than 1 year ago
jay More than 1 year ago
As for streaks always ending, I think Frankel, Black Caviar, Personal Ensign and Peppers Pride would have something to say about that.
Steven Rolf More than 1 year ago
Those horses never lost. Unlike danno.