Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan
cruised to the lead leaving the far
turn and coasted to a 2¼-length victory over Willcox Inn to win the 27th
running of the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), the centerpiece of a
five-stakes program before a crowd of 22,292 on a bright fall afternoon
Jose Lezcano rode Wise Dan, who posted his fourth graded stakes
victory at Keeneland for trainer Charles Lopresti. Wise Dan won the 2010
Phoenix (G3), 2011 Fayette (G2) and 2012 Ben Ali (G3) on the main
The Shadwell Turf Mile, a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million
Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run November 3 at Santa Anita, added
$450,000 to Wise Dan’s bankroll as he increased his earnings to
$2,461,638 with a record of 19-12-1-0.
Wise Dan, a 5-year-old gelded son of Wiseman’s Ferry out of the Wolf
Power (SAf) mare Lisa Danielle, completed the mile on a turf course
listed as firm in 1:34.94.
Silver Max and Dominus ran 1-2 in the early going through fractions
of :23.33 and :46.89 as Lezcano kept Wise Dan in the clear while running
Nearing the far turn, Wise Dan began picking off horses and swept
three wide past Silver Max and Dominus before hitting the top of the
stretch. Once clear, Wise Dan drew away as 48-1 longshot Willcox Inn
closed for second behind the geared-down winner.
Wise Dan returned $3.20, $2.40 and $2.40. Willcox Inn, ridden by
James Graham, paid $23.60 and $11 while finishing 2¾ lengths ahead of
100-1 longshot Slip and Drive, who rallied strongly to finish third
under Alex Cintron and pay $20.40 to show.
Doubles Partner finished fourth another length back and was followed
in order by Data Link, Dominus, Corporate Jungle, Swift Warrior, Silver
Max, Skyring, Worthadd (IRE) and Ol Army.