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Breeders' Cup Mile Welcomes Wise Dan

In an effort to garner Horse of the Year votes, Wise Dan arguably will face the toughest field of the 2-day event. Wise Dan has been installed as the 9/5 morning line favorite for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday. The 5-year-old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding arrived from Kentucky on Wednesday and settled into his new surroundings very nicely.


“He came in here yesterday very confident and cleaned out the feed tub last night,” trainer Charles Lopresti said.


After a good night’s sleep Wednesday, Wise Dan galloped once around Santa Anita’s turf course Thursday morning under exercise rider Damien Rock.


“Damien said he liked the ground out there and that’s all he really needs. I just wanted to get him out there to jog and gallop a little just to see it,” Lopresti said. Rock said, “He is so strong that I don’t want to let him get away from me so close to the race. I am happy that it went well.”


A perfect 3-for-3 on turf this year, Wise Dan is trying to complete a trifecta of Grade 1 victories that have never been accomplished (Woodbine Mile, Shadwell Turf Mile and Breeders’ Cup Mile. In fact, no Woodbine Mile winner has returned to capture the Breeders’ Cup Mile, but Lopresti is not deterred.


“He is better now than he was before the Shadwell (Turf Mile on Oct. 6 at Keeneland), but I say that after every race,” Lopresti said. “He’s a good one and hopefully he will prove it Saturday. He will have to run the race of his life to win, but then whoever wins will have to, too.”


Lopresti was second in last year’s Mile with Turallure, and understands who Wise Dan’s main competition is if he wants to take home the gold.

 

 

“The Europeans have a very good horse in Excelebration who has been beaten only by Frankel and they have a very nice filly in Moonlight Cloud,” Lopresti said. “And there are a couple of nice American horses that people are overlooking such as Obviously, who is very fast.”

 

 

 

 

(Wise Dan looking for his competition)


A victory by Wise Dan in the Mile will spark a debate for Horse of the Year, especially if either Game On Dude, Ron the Greek or Point of Entry are victorious in their races. The last American-based grass runner to capture Horse of the Year was Kotashaan in 1993.

 

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Older Comments about Breeders' Cup Mile Welcomes Wise Dan...

How is it a horse runs out of energy suppossedly but an Olympic athlete runs every few days and no one thinks a thing about it?
effort is not given out like food on the shelf. Each effort is from a young rested athlete
Who is going to run with Obviously? That horse is FAST, but does she have another big effort left?
The wise guy is more than just a lot of talk. I think Dan will prove tomorrow he is the best American horse in training!

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My interest in the Sport of Kings goes back over 25 years with my father taking me with his friends to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Race Course in Omaha, NE.  From those early experiences I was able to read the Daily Racing Form before the age of 10.  Once The Woodlands opened in Kansas City in 1988, I became totally hooked on the sport studying racing charts after homework and tennis practice.  In recent years, with the explosion of handicapping tournaments, my love for handicapping the races has risen to a new level.  Primarily focused on New York, Chicago and Louisiana racing, I have now been forced to study races far and wide in attempt to find “cap horses” in the tournaments I play.  I have also dabbled in horse ownership within syndicates and on my own.

 

My fondest memories in racing include Silver Charm’s 1997 Kentucky Derby victory.  Both my father and I selected him, which made for a memorable day.  The best race I’ve seen was Tiznow’s first Breeders Cup Classic win in 2000 when he outdueled Giant’s Causeway down the length of the Churchill Downs stretch.   My biggest windfall as a gambler was a pool-scooping pick-4 win, paying over $6,600 at The Woodlands in 2005.

 

The point of this blog is to get everyone out there a few winners, but also to go in depth at how I come to the conclusions that I do.  From week to week, I’ll explain angles I think are important to locate winners.  I encourage others to post picks they like too, but please explain how you come to your conclusions.  That way everyone can learn a little more about this great game, and add another weapon to their handicapping arsenal.-Best of luck, Jasen Mangrum