Most Impressive Prep Race: G1 Woodbine Mile, Woodbine, Sept. 15 2013
**TimeformUS Speed Figure earned: 121
Analysis of key prep (Grade 1 Woodbine Mile): Breaking from post position number four, reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan was placed under stout early restraint by jockey John Velazquez, and they secured the textbook "garden spot" trip, defined as being positioned a clear and isolated third while rating behind a pair of duelers who are knocking heads through solid early fractions. The garden spot trip is famous for yielding a relatively high percentage of career-top speed figures, but Wise Dan proved he needed no such tactical advantage to beat this field.
As John Velazquez angled Wise Dan outward to the three path on the far turn, they ranged up to the duelers, who offered no resistance whatsoever. Wise Dan, under the strongest hold imaginable, pulled away from the pack through the stretch and won with condescending ease. The soundly beaten second-place finisher, Za Approval, received a five pound weight break and was defeated by three and a half lengths. He returned to win his next start, the Grade 3 Knickerbocker, by over a length while conceding between five and seven pounds of weight to the eventual second, third, and fourth-place finishers.
- Analysis by Doug Salvatore
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*Timeform Master Ratings are adjusted for age, so that equal ratings mean horses of equal merit. Another way of looking at it is to see the universal rating handicap as four handicaps side by side: one for two-year-olds, one for three-year -olds, one for four-year-olds and one for older horses.
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