A victory by reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in
today’s $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) will mark the gelding’s second
consecutive win in the fall meet’s richest race and will give his owner,
Mort Fink, his eighth graded stakes victory at Keeneland.
With the victory, Fink of Northbrook, Ill., will receive a gold tray
as part of Keeneland’s signature graded stakes trophy program. Only 18
other owners in Keeneland history have achieved such an accomplishment.
The latest were Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who reached the milestone on
closing day of the 2013 spring meet.
Fink’s ascension on the list of Keeneland’s most successful owners is
remarkable considering he has compiled seven stakes victories in seven
meets with just two horses. Wise Dan has won five graded stakes: 2012
Phoenix (G3), 2011 Fayette (G2), 2012 Ben Ali (G3), 2012 Shadwell Turf
Mile and the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) in April. Wise Dan’s half-brother Successful Danaccounted for Fink’s two other stakes Keeneland stakes wins: 2010 Fayette and 2013 Ben Ali. Charlie LoPresti trains both horses.
Keeneland’s gold tray is handcrafted in partnership with premier American jeweler and silversmith Tiffany & Co.
Fink and his wife, Elaine, are scheduled to be at Keeneland today.