Morton Fink’s reigning Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, will face nine rivals Saturday as he goes for a repeat victory in the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).
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The Shadwell Turf Mile, a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million
Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, is one of five
stakes on Saturday’s 10-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. (ET). The
Shadwell Turf Mile will go as the afternoon’s ninth race with a 5:21
p.m. post time.
In addition to the Shadwell Turf Mile, two other Grade 1 races are
scheduled Saturday: the $400,000 First Lady for fillies and mares going a
mile on the turf and the 100th running of the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
The First Lady is the afternoon’s seventh race with a 4:17 p.m. post
time and is followed by the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity with a 4:49 p.m.
A winner of nine consecutive races and a five-time graded stakes
winner at Keeneland, Wise Dan has compiled a record of 18 wins in 25
starts and earnings of more than $5 million. Trained by Charlie
LoPresti, Wise Dan has won 10 of 11 races on the grass.
John Velazquez has the riding assignment on Wise Dan, who will break from post position 10.
Chief among Wise Dan’s rivals are Silver Max and Summer Front.
Owned by Mark Bacon and Dana Wells, Silver Max has won his past two
races in gate-to-wire fashion in the Oceanport (G3) at Monmouth and the
Bernard Baruch (G2) at Saratoga. Trained by Dale Romans, Silver Max will
break from post position nine and be ridden by Robby Albarado.
Waterford Stable’s Summer Front, trained by Christophe Clement, also
has won his past two races. Summer Front won the Miami Mile Handicap
(G3) at Calder in April and most recently won the Cliff Hanger (G3) at
Monmouth. Joe Bravo has the mount Saturday and will break from post
The field for the Shadwell Turf Mile, from the inside out, is as follows: Winning Prize (ARG) (Garrett Gomez), Turallure (Julien Leparoux), Skyring (Eddie Castro), Hogy (Joe Rocco Jr.), Summer Front (Bravo), Willcox Inn (James Graham), Handsome Mike (Mario Gutierrez), Coalport (Channing Hill), Silver Max (Albarado) and Wise Dan (Velazquez). All starters will carry 126 pounds.