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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Emergency Colic Surgery for Wise Dan

 

As first reported by Claire Novak of the BloodHorse, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, Wise Dan was taken this morning to the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky to undergo emergency colic surgery, according to his trainer, Charlie LoPresti.

 

A Morton Fink homebred, the seven year-old gelding has won 21 of his 29 lifetime starts, including back-to-back victories in the 2012 and 2013 Breeders' Cup Mile. Most recently, he scored a courageous, second consecutive victory in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic in the race proceeding the Kentucky Derby.

 

More details on this breaking story will be added as soon as they come in. 

 

***Update from Claire Novak on Twitter ... "He is still in surgery, but LoPresti called to say it's the best case scenario for colic, nothing had to be resected. "If he recovers from it well, they're thinking 6 or 8 weeks off at the most," said LoPresti, added this shouldn't be career ending." 

 

***Update from Claire Novak on Twitter ... "Wise Dan is in a recovery stall, LoPresti said he could be discharged from Rood & Riddle in 3-5 days." 

 

 

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Wishing for a full recovery for the great Wise Dan......team Silver Max
prayers for Wise Dan's speedy recovery
prayers to Wise Dan!
Oh no so sad to hear this news for Dan or any horse even. I know Dan will not lose this fight though. Praying for him, power up!
That is good news goblin..I hope he can have 100% recovery and hit the track like a champ again. Get well and speedy recovery Wise Dan.
Wishing the Champ well!
Claire Novak tweets now that no resections of his intestine were needed. LoPresti thinks he will continue to race if his recovery is uneventful. https://twitter.com/ClaireNovak
UPDATE from Charlie LoPresti: calls issue "best-case scenario for colic," says shouldn't be career-ending, expects Wise Dan to be out 6-8 weeks max. Two-time Horse of the Year is still in surgery, but they're closing him up.
Endless prayers for this great champion.
I hope he pulls through it. I don't even care if he never races again, that would just be the icing on the cake. I love Dan.
Positive update just added...
I'm sure he will pull through.
Prayers and positive thoughts for Wise Dan.
The definition of heart and will. He won't lose this race..
Let's hope he still "doesn't know how to lose"
My prayers are with this incredible gelding.
If we (fans, etc) can get Paynter through his ordeal on the power of prayer, then we can do the same for Wise Dan. Praying for you, big boy! Get well soon!

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
As Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also serves on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.