his early work behind him, trainer Charlie LoPresti sat in the sun on a
red feed tub outside his barn, reading the paper and soaking in a
glorious Saratoga morning.
The Brooklyn native is looking forward to the weekend, in which he will send out Successful Dan in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward and Turallure in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap on August 31.
Inevitably, the conversation turned to reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan,
who stretched his win streak to eight in the Grade 2, $500,000
Fourstardave Handicap at the Spa on August 10. He returned to the
worktab with a half-mile breeze over the main track in 47.46 seconds on
Saturday, the fastest of 38 horses at the distance.
was a walk in the park for him," LoPresti said. "I don't put too much
[emphasis] on times with him. I really like to watch how he does it and
how he comes back. He didn't even act like he worked yesterday. I don't
mean that to be bragging on him; that's just how he is. He's just a
really special horse, and the more I'm around him the more I realize
just how special he is."
and owned by Morton Fink, Wise Dan has won Grade 1 stakes on dirt and
turf. He has raced exclusively on grass since beginning his streak in
last year's Fourstardave, and LoPresti said he will remain on the
surface for the foreseeable future.
can run in [the Woodward]. There's no doubt in my mind he can run on
the dirt," LoPresti said. "The way he worked here the other day, it was
incredible. I just wanted to give him a work to just keep him ticking
over, and he worked really good.
probably going to keep him here now. I was going to send him to
Kentucky, but I'm going to keep him here until we leave, which is going
to be next Sunday. We'll leave after the Woodward and Bernard Baruch.
We'll let them rest through the night and around lunchtime the next day,
we'll go home."