Photo: Don August
Reining Horse of the Year Wise Dan, a leading contender to repeat that honor after a second straight win in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (GI), will be paraded in the
paddock at Churchill Downs on closing day, Saturday, Nov. 30.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti
will van Wise Dan from his Keeneland barn in Lexington to Churchill
Downs so local fans can show their appreciation to the 6-year-old
gelding. His special appearance will
occur between Races 3 and 4 around 1:15-1:45 p.m.
Wise Dan, owned and bred by Mort Fink,
won six of his seven starts this year, including a pair of stakes at
Churchill Downs: the $546,400 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) on
Day and the $168,450 Firecracker Handicap (GII) in late June.
His three-quarters of a length victory over Za Approval
in the $1,840,000 Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 improved his overall
record to 19 wins in 27 starts. His $6,293,610 career bankroll
ranks 22nd on the North American all-time earnings list.
a six-time winner at Churchill Downs dating back to 2010, ranks third
on the most current “Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings” – behind Black Caviar-AUS and Treve-FR
– which ranks 3-year-olds and up that raced between Jan. 1 and Oct. 6.
ASMUSSEN AD-LIBS: PRAYER FOR RELIEF, TAPITURE WORK FOR HOLIDAY STAKES RUNS
The wintry blast that has settled over Churchill Downs this week forced trainer Steve Asmussen
out of his regular training
schedule for two stars being pointed toward Thanksgiving Weekend races
at Churchill Downs, but the Eclipse Award winner ad-libbed and worked
both Clark Handicap contender Prayer for Relief and Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) hope Tapiture just
after the track opened for training on Wednesday.
Zayat Stables’ Prayer for Relief breezed four furlongs over a fast surface in :50.40. Exercise rider Abel Flores was up when the 5-year-old son of Jump Start covered the distance in
splits of :12.80 and :25.60 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:04.40.
veteran Prayer for Relief has a career record of 23-7-5-4 and lifetime
earnings of $1,530,405, which makes him one of three millionaires in the
Clark. This will be the horse’s second attempt
to land a Clark. He was trained by Bob Baffert when he finished ninth to Mort Fink’s future Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the 2011 Clark.
Ron Winchell’s Tapiture, who is winless in three races but ran a close third to Donegal Racing’s Cleburne in Churchill Downs’ Iroquois (GIII) in September, worked a half-mile
under Flores in :50.60. Internal fractions for the son of Tapit were :12.60 for an eighth and :25 for the quarter.
he is searching for his first win, Tapiture has kept strong company in
his races. He was runner-up to eventual Hopeful (GI) winner Strong Mandate in his Saratoga debut and ran third
in the Iroquois in his next outing.
disappointed in his most recent outing when he finished third as the
favorite in a one-mile maiden race on “Stars of Tomorrow I” day on Oct.
27, the opening day of the Fall Meet. But the winner
that day was Culprit, who will meet Tapiture again in the Kentucky Jockey Club.