In preparation for a possible start in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap on August 30, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan breezed through the fog on the main track Sunday morning.
The gelding earned an official time of 47.92 seconds for a half-mile under regular exercise rider Damien Rock.
"They said 47 and three,
that's what the official clockers said," said trainer Charlie Lopresti.
"He went out in a minute and change and they said they followed him out
in [one minute and] 13 [seconds] for the three-quarters and then he
went 1:26 [for seven furlongs].
"It was foggy, so I
couldn't see it," Lopresti added. "But I knew he worked good because I
had him in my binoculars and I was trying to find him and everywhere
that I thought he would be, he was ahead of my binoculars. He's been
working really well. If [Rock] had ever asked him to run, there's no
telling how fast he would've gone."
Continuing the "will he
or won't he" debate, Lopresti said he will enter Morton Fink's homebred
champion in the Baruch but still has not ruled out a shot at a
three-peat in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile on September 14.
"I would love to run in
the Woodbine [Mile]. It's a million dollar 'Win and You're In' race, but
he's already here and it makes no sense to go back to Kentucky and then
go to Canada. Who knows? If it's an easy race [in the Baruch], maybe
he'll go from here and run in Canada."