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