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Five-time Keeneland graded-stakes winner and defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan galloped 1 1/8 miles under regular exercise rider Damien Rock as he continued preparation for a repeat run in the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) next Saturday.

In seeking to join Gio Ponti (2010-11) and Dumaani (1995-96) as the only repeat winners of the Shadwell Turf Mile, Wise Dan brings a nine-race win streak to Keeneland’s richest race of the meet with the most recent triumph coming in the Woodbine Mile (G1) on September 15 in which he set a course record of 1:31.75 for the mile.

“He acts like he didn’t even run,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said of Wise Dan, whose bankroll now exceeds the $5 million mark. “He did it really well and came back here the morning after the race.”

LoPresti does not plan to work Wise Dan before the Shadwell.

“I don’t really do much with him; the less the better,” LoPresti said as he watched the 6-year-old go through his morning activity. “His stride is just so efficient.  I think he is better than he was here in the spring.”

Wise Dan opened his 2013 campaign with a victory at Keeneland in the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) last spring. A win on Saturday would make him the first horse to sweep the Maker’s 46 Mile and the Shadwell Turf Mile in the same year.



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