Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan, who capped off a
Horse of the Year campaign in 2012 with a track-record performance in
the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Santa Anita, completed his major work for
his 2013 debut with a five-furlong work in 1:00 early Thursday morning
With regular exercise rider Damien Rock aboard, Wise Dan clicked off
fractions of :12.20, :24.40, :36.20 and galloped out six furlongs in
1:13 and seven furlongs in 1:27 over the main track.
The initial target for Wise Dan in 2013 is the 25th running of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) on Friday, April 12.
“He worked well last week (1:12.40) and this work was about the
same,” trainer Charles LoPresti said. “He galloped out strong and he was
out in the middle of the track. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t
be good to go next week.”
Before Wise Dan returns to the races, LoPresti has another stable
star ready to come off the shelf on Saturday in Grade 1 winner Turallure, owned by Four D Stables.
Unraced because of cannon bone bruising following the Firecracker
Handicap (G2) on July 1 at Churchill Downs, Turallure will face six foes
in Saturday’s fourth race at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.
“It is a tough spot,” LoPresti said. “There are a lot of horses that
have been running and some people yesterday were saying it could almost
be a stakes race.”
Turallure will break from post position two under Julien Leparoux and
be facing five graded stakes winners among his rivals that include the
likes of Air Support, winner of the 2011 Transylvania (G3) here, Howe Great, Al Khali, Middie and Forte Dei Marmi (GB).