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Breeders' Cup 2017

Plenty Of Options For Wise Dan

Wise Dan emerged in good order from his five-length victory Saturday in the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 108 for completing the mile in 1:37.30 over yielding turf.

 

“He was pretty awesome,” said trainer Charles Lopresti of the 5-year-old gelded son of Wiseman’s Ferry. “On the backstretch, I wasn’t sure if he was going to get there, or get bogged down in the inside. But Johnny [Velazquez] said he was never worried.”

 

Velazquez and Wise Dan are 2-1-0 from three starts this year, with a 10 ½-length win in the Grade 3 Ben Ali over Polytrack at Keeneland, for which Wise Dan earned a 117 Beyer, and a second to Ron the Greek in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.

 

Now, with an eye toward a possible run at Horse of the Year honors, Lopresti is confronted with a myriad of options for the Morton Fink color-bearer.

 

“He can go wherever,” he said. “In 2 ½, three weeks, we’ll breeze him on the dirt here. He’s starting to like the dirt track here, and we could look at the [Grade 1] Woodward [on September 1]. It’s not a ‘Win and You’re In’ race for the Breeders’ Cup, but it’s not all about ‘Win and You’re In.’”

 

Two turf races – the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, also on September 1, or the Woodbine Mile on September 16 – are others options, said Lopresti.

 

 

 

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