Morton Fink’s reigning Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, worked a half-mile in :47.40 over Keeneland’s main track Friday morning with regular morning partner Damien Rock aboard.
Working on his own at 7 o’clock, Wise Dan clocked his first quarter-mile in :23.60 and galloped five furlongs in 1:00.
“Pretty awesome – :11s and :12s all the way,” trainer Charlie
LoPresti said of the eight-mile splits. “He is just as good as last
In his final work at Keeneland last fall before going to Santa Anita
and winning the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), Wise Dan worked five
furlongs in 1:00.40 on the main track.
LoPresti had considered working Wise Dan on the turf, but opted for the main track.
“I was a little concerned the turf might be a little soft,” LoPresti
said. “The Polytrack is consistent and a little better when it has some
moisture in it. He doesn’t have to train on the turf. He didn’t last
year. I knew I had a good track on the Polytrack.”
Wise Dan, who has won a Keeneland-record five stakes, is coming off a
second-place finish in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) that was rained off
the turf on Oct. 5. He is scheduled to ship to Santa Anita on Oct. 29.
“I might jog him in the morning on the training track to see how he
came out of the work,” LoPresti said. “Sunday will be his off day.”