Hours before drawing post position 1 in the field of eight for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap, Successful Dan had a strong open gallop down the stretch of the main track for trainer Charles LoPresti.
A 7-year-old Successful Appeal gelding, Successful Dan is making his 14th career start and first at Saratoga Race Course in the Whitney.
had two good works over the track," LoPresti said. "We let him run down
the lane a little bit this morning, so he's basically had three good
trips over it. He's been galloping strong over it, and he hasn't missed a
by Morton Fink, Successful Dan has posted two bullet five-furlong works
at Saratoga, going 1:00.61 on July 20 and 1:00.15 on July 26. LoPresti
made a similar move earlier in the meet with Turallure, who was second
by a head in a $95,000 allowance optional claimer here on July 24.
took him over to the turf, and he ran down there a quarter [mile] and
out in three-eighths," LoPresti said. "I just kind of want to get it on
their minds a little bit. You don't want to do too much to take it out
of a horse.
me, I don't like to see horses work real close to a race, a
black-letter work. My work should have been done a couple works ago, and
it's worked out great. I've caught good racetracks, and the weather's
been good. He's where I want him. If he shows up and he's the horse he
used to be, he'll be tough."
Fourth in his most recent effort,
beaten 15 lengths by Fort Larned in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at
Churchill Downs on June 15, Successful Dan has hit the board in 11 of 13
starts, including eight wins.
feel really good about him," LoPresti said. "The horse is really,
really good right now. He's really good. He's on top of his game. I
couldn't ask him to be any better."