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Wise Dan Cruises in Shadwell Turf Mile

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Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan cruised to the lead leaving the far turn and coasted to a 2¼-length victory in the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland Saturday.

Jose Lezcano rode Wise Dan, who posted his fourth graded stakes victory at Keeneland for trainer Charles Lopresti. Wise Dan won the 2010 Phoenix (G3), 2011 Fayette (G2) and 2012 Ben Ali (G3) on the main track.

“He’s good. He’s really good. He was so good coming out of the Woodbine race (Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile on September 16 that) I just didn’t want to breeze him too many more times. I figured this (racing in the Shadwell Turf Mile) would give him a chance to maybe breeze him one more time easy and then run him (in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships),” said Lopresti.

Wise Dan is a versatile horse, and his connections must now decide whether to point him to the BC Mile on Turf or the Classic on the main track.

“We’ll lean toward the Mile, but we won’t rule out the Classic,” said the trainer. “Listening to everybody talk, I think he deserves to run in the Classic. I just watch those races at Santa Anita. Maybe that track’s a little bit loose. It doesn’t seem like it was as tight as it was – just to me, anyway. If you watch him in the Stephen Foster (a Grade 1 race at Churchill Downs on June 16 in which Wise Dan was second), his action wasn’t the best. In the Clark (a Grade 1 race at Churchill in November 2011 that he won), (the track) had a lot of moisture and it was tighter.

“If you watch him the Stephen Foster, that track was kind of loose that night and he wasn’t getting a hold of it,” he added. “He just wasn’t on the bridle but he still ran a good race. Then when I got him to Saratoga, he didn’t train that great on the dirt but he got better the more he was there. I’m a little worried about Santa Anita. It’s the same kind of speed-oriented track, but it’s a little deeper and looser. I don’t know if he’ll handle that. I know he’ll handle the turf. We’ll talk about it. We’ve got some options anyway.”

The Shadwell Turf Mile, a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run November 3 at Santa Anita, added $450,000 to Wise Dan’s bankroll as he increased his earnings to $2,461,638 with a record of 19-12-1-0.

Wise Dan, a 5-year-old gelded son of Wiseman’s Ferry out of the Wolf Power (SAf) mare Lisa Danielle, completed the mile on a turf course listed as firm in 1:34.94.

Wise Dan/Keeneland photo