• ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Winx!Posted 4 days ago
  • Elektrum (5-2) gets up in the final jump to win the Grade 3 Dowager at Keeneland.Posted 4 days ago
  • Roca Rojo (4-1) storms home to romp in Belmont's Athenia.Posted 4 days ago
  • Lightstream (2-1) rolls late to pass Malibu Stacy for the Raven Run win.Posted 5 days ago
  • Royal Posse (5-2) likes the off going and upsets Governor Malibu in the Empire Classic.Posted 5 days ago
  • Bar of Gold (4-5) wins the Empire Distaff by a country mile.Posted 5 days ago
  • Pat On The Back (20-1) puts them to sleep in a sloppy Sleepy Hollow.Posted 6 days ago
  • 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, Monarchos has passed away at the age of 18.Posted 6 days ago
  • Winx absolutely dominant in winning a second Cox Plate.Posted 6 days ago
  • Quidura (7-2) scores another graded stakes win at Keeneland for Graham Motion.Posted 6 days ago
Breeders Cup 2015

Plenty Of Options For Wise Dan

Wise Dan emerged in good order from his five-length victory Saturday in the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 108 for completing the mile in 1:37.30 over yielding turf.


“He was pretty awesome,” said trainer Charles Lopresti of the 5-year-old gelded son of Wiseman’s Ferry. “On the backstretch, I wasn’t sure if he was going to get there, or get bogged down in the inside. But Johnny [Velazquez] said he was never worried.”


Velazquez and Wise Dan are 2-1-0 from three starts this year, with a 10 ½-length win in the Grade 3 Ben Ali over Polytrack at Keeneland, for which Wise Dan earned a 117 Beyer, and a second to Ron the Greek in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.


Now, with an eye toward a possible run at Horse of the Year honors, Lopresti is confronted with a myriad of options for the Morton Fink color-bearer.


“He can go wherever,” he said. “In 2 ½, three weeks, we’ll breeze him on the dirt here. He’s starting to like the dirt track here, and we could look at the [Grade 1] Woodward [on September 1]. It’s not a ‘Win and You’re In’ race for the Breeders’ Cup, but it’s not all about ‘Win and You’re In.’”


Two turf races – the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, also on September 1, or the Woodbine Mile on September 16 – are others options, said Lopresti.




comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories