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No Stopping Wise Dan in Ben Ali

There was no stopping Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan, who broke Keeneland’s 1 1/8-mile track record while scoring a 10 1/2-length win in the 82nd running of the $150,000 Ben Ali (G3) before a crowd of 16,068 on Sunday. With the victory, worth $90,000, the 5-year-old Wise Dan also became a millionaire.


The 4-5 favorite in his first start since winning the Clark (G1) at Churchill Downs in November, Wise Dan broke from post 6 and pulled jockey John Velazquez to the lead after the first quarter-mile of the race for 4-year-olds and older horses. The gelding was never challenged as he widened his lead at every call. His time of 1:46.63 bested Carriage Trail’s track record of 1:46.77 set in 2008 and Midway Road’s stakes record of 1:46.78 from 2004.


Wise Dan, a Kentucky-bred gelding by Wiseman’s Ferry, is trained by Charlie Lopresti. He and Velazquez teamed to win the sixth race on Sunday with Let’s Go Ben.


Wise Dan paid $3.60, $3 and $2.60. Finishing second was Big Blue Kitten, ridden by Javier Castellano, who paid $5.40 and $3.80. Guys Reward, with Corey Lanerie aboard, was third and returned $6.20.


Cease ran fourth, and was followed in order by Eye of the Leopard, Ioya Bigtime and Rogue Romance.


Winner of the Fayette (G2) at Keeneland last October, Wise Dan is a half brother to Grade 2 winner Successful Dan, who won a Keeneland allowance race on April 6 in his 2012 debut. With the Ben Ali victory, Wise Dan improved his career record to nine wins in 15 starts and earnings of $1,009,601. He is expected to make his next start in the Stephen Foster (G1) at Churchill on June 16.




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He targeting the Stephen Foster.
Isn't that the highest mark so far in 2012--maybe in 2011? I think 114 was tops last year? Wow.
win, win, huge loss, win, huge loss, huge loss, huge loss, win, win, huge loss, win, win. The horse is not consistent, has never had a winning streak over 2 races.
  • Knight12 · He is currently on a 3 race winning streak. Dating back to July 4th, he is 5 for 6 the only loss coming 4th by a length to Gio Ponti. During the stretch he has won on turf, poly and dirt. I'm not sure how you get much more consistent than that. · 1977 days ago
  • Knight12 · He is currently on a 3 race winning streak. Dating back to July 4th, he is 5 for 6 the only loss coming 4th by a length to Gio Ponti. During the stretch he has won on turf, poly and dirt. I'm not sure how you get much more consistent than that. · 1977 days ago
Yes, so far I think that is and if Johnny V. didn't have such a tight hold on him trying to reserve his speed in the beginning one could just imagine what his Beyer could have been. The horses training regimen is just sick so the need for holding him back wasn't necessary at 1 1/8th that distance is baby steps for this guy.
117 wow... you dont see over 105 rarely anymore. The Dans are good! Just wish they would run more.
117 Beyer in his fifth stakes win in his last six starts.
This horse was in really good form yesterday. From the get go Johnny had to hold him back, this horse look awesome yesterday. It would have been hard for any horse to beat him at that distances yesterday. Plus he look like he had more in the tank...
Wise Dan.. Career..8 for 14 Mulptile graded stakes winner including all 3 surfaces. Winner of 5 of his last 6 races but not really consistent?? What am I missing?
If he wins the next race I'm all for him. I just think we need to watch it happen, not believe it will happen.
Good coverstion going, cocoa. I don't agree about Wise Dan being inconsistent, however. . Hope someone debates the issue with you because it looks to be a much, much better year for the handicap males. See you later. Taking a time out here. Looking forward to your threads next week.
Atleast we have synthetic and turf, not dirt and turf, but I doubt Wise Dan can keep it up. A stunner of course, but not really consistent.
I don't see that, cocoa, but interesting proposition. Acclamation is more 10 and 12f., but was brilliant in the Read, so maybe.
Next stop meet Acclamation.
Last fall someone asked my who this horse was, saying they never heard of him. Guess they know now. Wow.
Most deserved. Best older horse, maybe best horse in training right now. So glad to see him come back in style!
Wise Dan is now my #1!
Should make him Star of the Month ;-)
ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Wise Dan!

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