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Morton Fink’s two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan will seek to become the second two-time winner of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Saturday when he faces nine foes in the 29th running of the 1 1/8-mile race.

The Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, along with the 28th running of the $300,000-added Humana Distaff (GI), anchors a five stakes undercard leading up to the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday’s 13-race program. First post Saturday is 10:30 a.m. (all times Eastern).

The Woodford Reserve Turf Classic will go as the 10th race on Saturday’s program with a 4:44 p.m. post time.

Trained by Charlie LoPresti, Wise Dan took the Maker’s 46 Mile (GI) at Keeneland in his 2014 debut on April 11. A winner of 20 of 28 career starts for earnings of $6,473,610, Wise Dan will try to join Einstein (BRZ) as the only two-time winner of the race. Einstein won the 2008 and 2009 renewals.

A six-time Eclipse Award winner and two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile (GI), Wise Dan will be ridden by John Velazquez and break from post position one.

Chief among Wise Dan’s rivals are Juddmonte Farms’ Seek Again, Gary Barber’s Boisterous and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Admral Kitten.

Seek Again began his career in Europe and in his U.S. debut won the Hollywood Derby (GI) in what was his most recent start. Now trained by Bill Mott, Seek Again will break from post position 10 and be ridden by Joel Rosario.

Boisterous counts the 2013 Man o’ War (GI) among his second graded stakes victories. Now trained by Todd Pletcher, Boisterous will break from post position seven and be ridden by Javier Castellano.

Julien Leparoux will be aboard 2013 Secretariat (GI) winner Admiral Kitten for trainer Mike Maker and break from post position four.

The field for the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, from the hedge out, is as follows: Wise Dan (Velazquez, 124 pounds), Bright Thought (Victor Espinoza, 120), Guys Reward (Corey Lanerie, 120), Admiral Kitten (Leparoux, 120), Kaigun (Alan Garcia, 118), Moro Tap (Rosie Napravnik, 118), Boisterous (Castellano, 120), Finnegans Wake (Mike Smith, 118), Skyring (Joe Rocco Jr., 122) and Seek Again (Rosario, 122).



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I wish Little Mike was in here.

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