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Defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan
breezed a “bullet” five furlongs on the Polytrack at Keeneland on
Saturday in :58.40 and he could make his next start in the
Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) at Churchill Downs on June 29.
“He worked very well and galloped out really strong,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said. “We were very happy with it.”
Mort Fink’s homebred Wise Dan is a half-brother to Successful Dan,
the 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturday night’s $500,000-added
Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI). Successful Dan’s
in the Stephen Foster could influence the next race for Wise Dan.
“We are going to see what happens
with Successful Dan,” LoPresti said. “Right now we are looking at the
Firecracker for Wise Dan, but if we are lucky enough to win the Stephen
Foster with Successful Dan then I might point
Wise Dan to the Whitney (GI at Saratoga on Aug. 3). Whether I would use
the Firecracker as a prep for that race or not is something we’d have to
The Stephen Foster and the Whitney
are both “Win and You’re In” races for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup
Classic (GI) at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.
“If Successful Dan wins then he’s in the Classic and I’d like to give Wise Dan a chance to run in a Grade I on dirt.”
Successful Dan, a 7-year-old gelding
by Successful Appeal, and Wise Dan, a 6-year-old gelding by Wiseman’s
Ferry, are unlikely to face off anytime soon.
“They’ll be kept apart leading up to
the Breeders’ Cup,” LoPresti said. “The only chance they’d run against
each other is if they both wound in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.”
Wise Dan and Successful Dan are two of eight winners produced by the Wolf Power-SAF mare Lisa Danielle. The most recent one is Enchanting Lisa, a 3-year-old bay filly by War Chant who won her career debut by seven lengths
on June 12 at Presque Isle.
LoPresti said no plans have been made
for Enchanting Lisa’s next race, but she likely will be a part of the
string he will take to Saratoga.