Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan,
trained by Charlie LoPresti for Morton Fink, took to the Saratoga main
track Saturday morning in preparation for a possible start later in the
meet. Working in tandem with another LoPresti horse, the champion
gelding went six furlongs in 1:13.25.
thought he went really well," said LoPresti. "We broke a horse off
about six lengths ahead of him and he caught him, went to the wire with
him and galloped out real good. I guess the time was good. I don't know
what the black letter work was today. He got a really good blow out of
it, so that told me I was probably a couple breezes short of the
Fourstardave. Maybe we could have won it, but I think we did the right
thing by giving him a little more time."
to the trainer, the six-furlong team drill was the most rigorous work
Wise Dan has logged since undergoing colic surgery on May 16.
worked him pretty hard today," said LoPresti. "He's had two
five-eighths [of a mile breezes] and two halfs [since the colic
surgery]. I pressed on him today because he needed that kind of work. If
he's going to start getting ready for some of these races I want to see
how he comes out of this. He's not tired, I can tell you that."
Dan's next start is still up in the air, according to LoPresti, who
will continue to monitor his star's progress before making a decision.
The Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap, run at 1 1/16 miles on
turf, and the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward at 1 1/8 miles on dirt are both
possibilities, with the Bernard Baruch the more likely of the two.
only way I'm going to know [which spot to go in] is in a few weeks time
when I see how he progresses," said LoPresti. "If he's doing really
well, why would I wait six weeks to go to Woodbine [in the Grade 1
Woodbine Mile] when I can run him in four weeks here? Money doesn't
matter with a horse like him now."