With nearly a quarter of an inch of rain overnight and a forecast for
more that materialized Thursday morning, there were no grass works at
Keeneland, which meant reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan had his morning exercise on the training track rather than working toward the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1).
“It will depend on the weather, but I may work him tomorrow or
Saturday,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said. “The racing office has said I
can work on the turf any day I want, and I have that option to work him
on the main track like I did last year before the Breeders’ Cup.”
Wise Dan, a homebred racing for Mort Fink, had his nine-race win
streak snapped Oct. 5 in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), which was moved
off the turf because of heavy rain.
“He was just a little mad after that race,” LoPresti said. “But he is
doing great and training well and I couldn’t be any happier with him.”