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Wise Dan Shakes Off Rust in Maker's 46 Mile

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 21-14-1-0.

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 seconds.

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 Santa Anita.

“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 alone.”

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 show.

Skyring was another 1¼ lengths back in fourth with Silentio finishing fifth.

 

 

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UPDATE -- Wise Dan 99 BSF
Data Link also ran a much faster "slow" mile at Keeneland last year. I still say that turf was not what I would call firm.
By pissed off, I meant that if he got that close, Data Link should have damn well won. I didn't mind the term "hung". That is too generous for didn't close the deal.
Relative to the very fast final fraction (pointed out to a group of us watching by our teletimer tech) that made, relatively, Data Link hang....Impressive given it being the first contest back....Impressive at least to the DRF columnist, the timer and a few others. Final fraction 23.16 and final eighth 11.77 would make any other horse look like it hung...Get with the real numbers.
Silentio completely sucked BTW. Complete disappointment given his last races and company, but West Coast horses don't usually fair well @ KEE
Data Link "hung" is a generic term for he looked like a winner turning for home but didn't make up ground on the winner. Turf races are never that fast @ Keenelenad, BTW, just look at Wise Dan's times for turf races @ KEE last year.
It always asks, "What do you think?" I think 1:36+ could mean the turf wasn't really firm. Another thing is, "hung" as a comment for Data Link? Really pisses me off. Maybe he fell asleep.
Wise Dan beat a very good horse in Data Link coming off a 5 month layoff!

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