Trainer Charles LoPresti has enjoyed a relative calm following reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan's victory in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap on August 10, but the action is about to pick up.
LoPresti plans to breeze Successful Dan on the main track and Turallure on the Oklahoma training track turf Tuesday morning, as they work toward their next scheduled starts.
in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap Invitational on August 3, Successful
Dan is being pointed to the Grade 1 Woodward, while Grade 1 winner
Turallure, most recently second by a head in an optional claimer at
Saratoga on July 24, will come back in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard
Baruch Handicap. Both races will be run August 31.
one of my horses is doing really good. I have no complaints about any
of them," LoPresti said. "They're all right on target."
has yet to decide where or when Wise Dan will run next but is in no
hurry to make a decision. The 6-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding has won
eight straight races dating back to last summer.
not sure what we're going to do with him yet," he said. "He might go to
Woodbine, he might go to Kentucky. I might leave him here until I go
home. He's doing good up here and there's no reason to take him home. I
probably won't work him on the turf. I may just give him a little easy
workout on the dirt like I did before the Fourstardave. He's come out of
the race really good, as you can see."
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will attempt to score a second straight victory in the Grade 1,
$150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap against a talented field of
veterans and newcomers in Saratoga's premier steeplechase race on
Among his opponents will be Gil Johnston's Mr. Hot Stuff,
winner of Saratoga's Grade 1, $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial on
August 1, and a formidable entry from Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan
from the Smithwick with a minor cough, Demonstrative heads into the
Turf Writers with one start in 2013, having won the Grade 1, $150,000
Calvin Houghland Iroquois on May 11 at Nashville's Iroquois
Steeplechase. No stranger to Saratoga, Demonstrative graduated from the
novice ranks last summer with a victory in the Jonathan Kiser Novice
Stakes and came back five weeks later to win the New York Turf Writers.
Robbie Walsh again will ride Demonstrative, who carries the 158-pound
highweight for the New York Turf Writers' 2 3/8 miles and who is the 5-2
second choice on the morning line.
Hot Stuff has duplicated Demonstrative's leap from novice stakes winner
to Grade 1 victor. After winning Iroquois' $75,000 Marcellus Frost
Novice Stakes, Mr. Hot Stuff drew away to a 2 1/2-length victory in the
A. P. Smithwick, which earned him a 148-pound weight assignment in the
New York Turf Writers. Leading trainer Jack Fisher named Paddy Young to
again ride Mr. Hot Stuff, who competed on the 2009 Triple Crown trail
and finished third in the Santa Anita Derby before unplaced finishes in
the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.
He is listed at 7-2 on the morning line.
Fisher also will saddle Sheila Williams' and Andre Brewster's All Together,
winner of Saratoga's $65,000 optional allowance claimer hurdle on
August 1, and Woodslane Farm's Brave Prospect, fifth in the Smithwick.
Xavier Aizpuru rides All Together (8-1) and Dave Crosse will be aboard
Brave Prospect (20-1).
who has won a race at Saratoga for 45 consecutive years, will saddle
four starters for the New York Turf Writers, with the entry of Divine Fortune, Martini Brother and Italian Wedding
taking the favorite's role at 7-5 on the morning line. Carrying the
150-pound second highweight will be Divine Fortune, who finished second
to Demonstrative in the Calvin Houghland Iroquois before a third-place
finish in the Smithwick. Co-bred and co-owned by Sheppard and longtime
client Bill Pape, Divine Fortune will be ridden for the first time by
Irish jockey Sean McDermott.
Martini Brother, undefeated over fences this year, will attempt to
duplicate Demonstrative's Kiser-New York Turf Writers double. Divine
Fortune and Martini Brother will be coupled in the wagering with
Sheppard's Italian Wedding, who finished second in the Smithwick.
Sheppard also will saddle Atlantic Equine's recent import Hunt Ball (12-1),
who finished sixth in the Smithwick. Darren Nagle rides Martini
Brother, Bernie Dalton returns on Italian Wedding, and Ross Geraghty has
a return call on Hunt Ball.
Randleston Farm's Spy in the Sky,
always a threat at Saratoga, will attempt to duplicate his upset
victory in the 2009 New York Turf Writers. Third in last year's New York
Turf Writers, he most recently finished fourth in the Smithwick and
carries a 148-pound weight assignment. Danielle Hodsdon again rides Spy
in the Sky, 15-1, for trainer Jimmy Day.