Photo: Don August
Reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who
opened his 2014 campaign with a win in the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) here on
April 11, worked a half-mile in a bullet :47.60 Tuesday morning.
Clockers caught Wise Dan, ridden by Damien Rock, in fractions of
:11.80, :23.80, :47.60 with a gallop-out of 1:00.80 and 1:14.20.
“I just wanted to get a decent work in him,” trainer Charlie LoPresti
said. “I was a little bit worried that I was short the last time I ran
him (in the Maker’s 46 Mile) because of the winter (which affected Wise
Dan’s training schedule). Now it’s exactly what I wanted. I just wanted a
good workout for him just to keep him kicking over.”
Wise Dan, a homebred racing for Mort Fink, won the Maker’s 46 Mile by three-quarters of a length over Kaigun for his Keeneland record sixth graded stakes score, ninth Grade 1 win overall and 16th graded stakes victory. The gelding has 20 wins in 28 starts and earnings of $6,473,610.
LoPresti said Wise Dan came out of the Maker’s 46 Mile “very good.
We’re real happy with him. I think we’re right where we were last year
Like last year, the plan is for Wise Dan to make his next start in
the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs
on May 3. He won the race last year.
In preparation for that race, LoPresti expects Wise Dan to turn in another move next week.
“Last year I just went a quarter of a mile, out in three-eighths,
something like that,” he said. “I’ll probably do something with him like
I did last year.”