Morton Fink’s Wise Dan
, last seen
at Keeneland smashing the main track record in a 10½-length victory in
the Ben Ali (G3) in April, headlines a field of 12 entered Wednesday for
Saturday’s 27th running of the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).
The Shadwell Turf Mile serves as the centerpiece of the 10-race
Saturday card that features five graded stakes races, including the
$400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) that drew an overflow field of
14 with two also-eligibles, and the $350,000 First Lady (G1) that
attracted six entrants.
The Shadwell Turf Mile, a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million
Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run November 3 at Santa Anita, will go as
the ninth race Saturday with a 5:21 p.m. (ET) post time. First post
time is 1:05 p.m.
Trained by Charles Lopresti, Wise Dan brings a two-race winning
streak on grass into Saturday’s race. In his most recent start, Wise Dan
earned a trip to the Breeders’ Cup with a “Win and You’re In” victory
in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) by 3¼ lengths. Prior to that, Wise Dan
won the Fourstardave (G2) by five lengths at Saratoga.
Jose Lezcano has the mount Saturday on Wise Dan. Fourth in this race last year, Wise Dan will break from post position five.
Chief among the opposition to Wise Dan is Stuart Janney III’s Data Link.
Trained by Shug McGaughey, Data Link will seek to become the first
horse to win the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) and Shadwell Turf Mile in the same
year. Alex Solis has the mount on Data Link, who will break from post
Taking on older horses for the first time will be the 3-year-old Silver Max,
owned by Mark Bacon and Dana Wells. Trained by Dale Romans, Silver Max
won the Transylvania (G3) here this spring in the first of five
wire-to-wire stakes victories that was highlighted with a triumph in the
$600,000 Virginia Derby (G2). Robby Albarado has the call on Silver
Max, who will break from post position 10.
The field for the Shadwell Turf Mile, from the inside out, is as follows: Skyring (Rajiv Maragh, 123 pounds), Doubles Partner (Javier Castellano, 126), Corporate Jungle (Paco Lopez, 126), Willcox Inn (James Graham, 126), Wise Dan (Jose Lezcano, 126), Worthadd (IRE) (Luis Contreras, 126), Data Link (Alex Solis, 126), Slip and Drive (Alex Cintron, 126), Ol Army (Jesus Castanon, 123), Silver Max (Robby Albarado, 123), Dominus (Julien Leparoux, 126) and Swift Warrior (Jose Espinoza, 126).