Morton Fink’s reigning Horse of the Year, Wise Dan
, repulsed a challenge from defending champion Data Link to win the 25th running of the Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (G1) by a length before a crowd of 15,406 on a brisk Friday afternoon at Keeneland.
The victory was the fifth graded stakes victory at Keeneland for Wise
Dan, the most in track history. Wise Dan also won the Phoenix Stakes
(G3) in 2010, the 2011 Fayette Stakes (G2) and the 2012 Ben Ali Stakes
(G3) and Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).
Trained by Charlie LoPresti and ridden by Jose Lezcano, Wise Dan
covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:36.37. The victory was worth
$186,000 and raised Wise Dan’s earnings to $3,727,638 with a record of
Wise Dan, bred by Fink, is a six-year-old gelded son of Wiseman’s Ferry out of the Wolf Power (SAF) mare Lisa Danielle.
Silentio set the pace in the field of five, posting fractions of
:24.61 and :48.84 as Wise Dan tracked in third place behind Skyring
while racing three wide and in the clear. As the field raced past the
quarter pole in 1:13.11, Wise Dan swept past Silentio with Data Link
moving within a length to his outside.
Data Link closed to within a half-length at midstretch but could not
get any closer as Wise Dan completed the final quarter of a mile in 23
A winner of eight of his past nine races, Wise Dan was making his
first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) in November at
“People asked me earlier, ‘What horse do you fear?’ I said, ‘I fear
the layoff the most.’ ” LoPresti said. “I didn’t crank him as tight as
he needed to be for this race. Turning for home, I hoped he was going to
win, but I knew he might get a little tired. He kicked in on heart
Wise Dan returned mutuels of $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. Data Link,
seeking to join Kip Deville as the only repeat winner of the race,
returned $3 and $2.20 under Javier Castellano with Mr. Commons finishing
two lengths back in third under Corey Nakatani and returning $2.80 to
Skyring was another 1¼ lengths back in fourth with Silentio finishing fifth.