Successful Dan, Turallure to Breeze Tuesday

Trainer Charles LoPresti has enjoyed a relative calm following reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan's victory in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap on August 10, but the action is about to pick up.

LoPresti plans to breeze Successful Dan on the main track and Turallure on the Oklahoma training track turf Tuesday morning, as they work toward their next scheduled starts.

Runner-up in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap Invitational on August 3, Successful Dan is being pointed to the Grade 1 Woodward, while Grade 1 winner Turallure, most recently second by a head in an optional claimer at Saratoga on July 24, will come back in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap. Both races will be run August 31.

"Every one of my horses is doing really good. I have no complaints about any of them," LoPresti said. "They're all right on target."

LoPresti has yet to decide where or when Wise Dan will run next but is in no hurry to make a decision. The 6-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding has won eight straight races dating back to last summer.

"I'm not sure what we're going to do with him yet," he said. "He might go to Woodbine, he might go to Kentucky. I might leave him here until I go home. He's doing good up here and there's no reason to take him home. I probably won't work him on the turf. I may just give him a little easy workout on the dirt like I did before the Fourstardave. He's come out of the race really good, as you can see."


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Demonstrative will attempt to score a second straight victory in the Grade 1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap against a talented field of veterans and newcomers in Saratoga's premier steeplechase race on Thursday.


Among his opponents will be Gil Johnston's Mr. Hot Stuff, winner of Saratoga's Grade 1, $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial on August 1, and a formidable entry from Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard.


Scratched from the Smithwick with a minor cough, Demonstrative heads into the Turf Writers with one start in 2013, having won the Grade 1, $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois on May 11 at Nashville's Iroquois Steeplechase. No stranger to Saratoga, Demonstrative graduated from the novice ranks last summer with a victory in the Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes and came back five weeks later to win the New York Turf Writers. Robbie Walsh again will ride Demonstrative, who carries the 158-pound highweight for the New York Turf Writers' 2 3/8 miles and who is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line.


Mr. Hot Stuff has duplicated Demonstrative's leap from novice stakes winner to Grade 1 victor. After winning Iroquois' $75,000 Marcellus Frost Novice Stakes, Mr. Hot Stuff drew away to a 2 1/2-length victory in the A. P. Smithwick, which earned him a 148-pound weight assignment in the New York Turf Writers. Leading trainer Jack Fisher named Paddy Young to again ride Mr. Hot Stuff, who competed on the 2009 Triple Crown trail and finished third in the Santa Anita Derby before unplaced finishes in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.


He is listed at 7-2 on the morning line.


Fisher also will saddle Sheila Williams' and Andre Brewster's All Together, winner of Saratoga's $65,000 optional allowance claimer hurdle on August 1, and Woodslane Farm's Brave Prospect, fifth in the Smithwick. Xavier Aizpuru rides All Together (8-1) and Dave Crosse will be aboard Brave Prospect (20-1).


Sheppard, who has won a race at Saratoga for 45 consecutive years, will saddle four starters for the New York Turf Writers, with the entry of Divine Fortune, Martini Brother and Italian Wedding taking the favorite's role at 7-5 on the morning line. Carrying the 150-pound second highweight will be Divine Fortune, who finished second to Demonstrative in the Calvin Houghland Iroquois before a third-place finish in the Smithwick. Co-bred and co-owned by Sheppard and longtime client Bill Pape, Divine Fortune will be ridden for the first time by Irish jockey Sean McDermott.


Pape's Martini Brother, undefeated over fences this year, will attempt to duplicate Demonstrative's Kiser-New York Turf Writers double. Divine Fortune and Martini Brother will be coupled in the wagering with Sheppard's Italian Wedding, who finished second in the Smithwick. Sheppard also will saddle Atlantic Equine's recent import Hunt Ball (12-1), who finished sixth in the Smithwick. Darren Nagle rides Martini Brother, Bernie Dalton returns on Italian Wedding, and Ross Geraghty has a return call on Hunt Ball.


Randleston Farm's Spy in the Sky, always a threat at Saratoga, will attempt to duplicate his upset victory in the 2009 New York Turf Writers. Third in last year's New York Turf Writers, he most recently finished fourth in the Smithwick and carries a 148-pound weight assignment. Danielle Hodsdon again rides Spy in the Sky, 15-1, for trainer Jimmy Day.



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On August 20, Successful Dan breezed 5F in 1.01:32 (2/9) at Saratoga.

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