Not to be outdone by his year-younger half-brother, Wise Dan, Successful Dan
controlled the pace to win the 83rd
running of the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) on Sunday, a year after Wise Dan won
the same race to launch his Horse of the Year campaign. The performance
came on Military Appreciation Day, which attracted 20,244 fans for the
third-largest Sunday crowd at Keeneland since the track began racing on
Sundays in the spring of 1991.
A homebred racing for Mort Fink and trained by Charlie LoPresti – the
same connections as Wise Dan – Successful Dan was the 4-5 favorite in
his first race since June. The gelding, ridden by Julien Leparoux, took
the lead in the 1 1/8-mile race from the inside post and took the lead,
slowing the pace while leading five rivals through fractions of :25.03,
:50.18, 1:16.05 and 1:39.57. Midway on the final turn, the pace
quickened and Boisterous mounted a challenge inside the three-sixteenths
pole. Down the stretch, Successful Dan held off Boisterous and crossed
the finish line one length in front of that rival. His time for the race
With the victory, Successful Dan remained undefeated in five starts
at Keeneland. The seven-year-old gelding by Successful Appeal earned
$90,000 to push his career earnings to $746,608 with eight wins in 12
career starts. He also won Keeneland’s Fayette Stakes (G2) in 2010.
Wise Dan opened his 2013 campaign at Keeneland on April 12, winning
the Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (G1). He has earned $3,727,638 in his career.
Richard’s Kid was 6¼ lengths back in third and was followed in order
by Son of a General, Hattaash and Stephanoatsee. Golden Ticket was
scratched. The starters in the Ben Ali wore camouflage saddle towels as
part of Military Appreciation Day.
Successful Dan paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10. Boisterious, ridden by
Joel Rosario, returned $3 and $2.20. Rosie Napravnik rode Richard’s Kid,
who paid $2.60 to show.