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Wise Dan Repeats in Maker's 46 Mile

Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan, Horse of the Year in 2012 and 2013, opened his 2014 campaign with a three-quarter-length victory over Kaigun to win the 26th running of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) before a crowd of 14,325 on Friday afternoon at Keeneland.

Trained by Charlie LoPresti and ridden by John Velazquez, Wise Dan covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:34.91.

The victory extended Wise Dan’s Keeneland record of graded stakes wins to six and gave Fink his eighth graded stakes victory here. Fink received a gold tray as part of Keeneland’s signature graded stakes trophy program. Only 18 other owners in Keeneland history have achieved such an accomplishment.

Wise Dan’s older half-brother Successful Dan accounted for Fink’s other two graded stakes victories at Keeneland.

Alakazan Alakazan (BRZ) set the early pace with Za Approval and Gentleman’s Kitten in closest pursuit through fractions of :23.97 and :47.12 as Velazquez steered Wise Dan into the clear in the run down the backstretch.

Approaching the far turn, jockey Orlando Bocachica sent Lochte after the leaders with Wise Dan also on the move through six furlongs in 1:11.03. The two hooked up briefly at the head of the stretch before Wise Dan kicked clear and had more than enough to hold off Kaigun.

It was the ninth Grade 1 victory for Wise Dan, now 7. The gelding has won a Grade 1 race in each of the past four years and increased his overall record to 28-20-2-0. In notching his 16th graded stakes win, Wise Dan added $180,000 to his bankroll to increase his earnings to $6,473,610.

Wise Dan also joins Kip Deville (2007-2008) as the only repeat winner of the race.

A Kentucky-bred son of Wiseman’s Ferry out of the Wolf Power (SAF) mare Lisa Danielle, Wise Dan returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Kaigun, the longest shot on the board in the field of six with Alan Garcia riding, returned $12.40 and $5.40 with Lochte finishing 4 ¼ lengths back in third and returning $2.80 to show.

It was another 1¼ lengths back to Za Approval in fourth. Gentleman’s Kitten finished fifth and Alakazan Alakazan was sixth.


 

 

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My favorite thoroughbred... My third favorite overall.
WooHoo go Wise Dan, my second favorite to another great champion Big Brown

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