Following his second straight bullet work at Saratoga Race Course, Successful Dan could make his next start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap on August 3.
7-year-old Successful Appeal gelding breezed five furlongs in 1:00.16
over the main track on Friday morning, much to the delight of trainer
worked really good and galloped out real strong," LoPresti said of
Successful Dan, whose time was the fastest of 28 horses at the distance.
"We're real happy with him. He did everything I wanted him to do and
more. I was real happy with what I saw.
we decide to run in the Whitney, that'll be his last work. I am very
much leaning in that direction. It's going to be a day-by-day thing. I
want to see how he acts all week, but I'm leaning in that direction."
had targeted the Whitney last summer for Successful Dan, a Morton Fink
homebred who missed the race - and the rest of the year - with a minor
injury. He worked five-eighths in 1:00.61 on July 20.
strained a ligament, so we had to stop on him," LoPresti said. "He
didn't tear it; it was a strain. We probably could have run in the race,
but I might have risked it [being worse]."
winner of eight of 13 career starts and $773,154, Successful Dan made a
triumphant return to the races in April at Keeneland, going
gate-to-wire to take the Grade 3 Ben Ali by a length over Boisterous.
recently, Successful Dan was fourth, beaten 15 lengths after
encountering some traffic trouble in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster one June
15 at Churchill Downs.
first race back was super," LoPresti said. "He ran against Boisterous
and Boisterous has come back and won two graded stakes, so that makes me
feel good. I just draw a line through the Stephen Foster. If he runs
like that again, he's an older horse and maybe he's lost a step, but I
still don't see that yet."
Also probable for the Whitney are Alpha, Cross Traffic, Mucho Macho Man, and defending champion Fort Larned.
LoPresti will breeze Wise Dan
on the Oklahoma training track turf Saturday morning at 9:45, as the
2012 Horse of the Year continues to work toward his next scheduled start
in the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap on August 10.
be the only horse over there on the turf," LoPresti said. "They're
letting him work by himself. There's so many horses over there, and I
don't want to risk it if a horse gets loose or something. I don't want
anything to go wrong. They were really nice about letting me work over
"He's coming off three races and I don't want to kill him, but he's a
fast work horse anyway, so he's going to work good," he added. "I know
he will. That's why I don't work him often. The horse is dead fit."
LoPresti also said that Turallure,
second by a head to Seal Cove in a one-mile optional claiming allowance
at Saratoga on Wednesday, likely will come back in the Grade 2,
$250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap on August 31.
The 6-year-old Turallure won the Bernard Baruch in 2011 for LoPresti and owner Donna Arnold.
had to run that kind of race to redeem himself," LoPresti said of
Wednesday's effort. "That was an allowance race, but it was really
[like] a stakes race. I was tickled with him. He earned a trip to the
Bernard Baruch. That's my plan with him. As long as he's good, and I
think he is, he'll run back in there."