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Wise Dan Headlines Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland

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Morton Fink’s Wise Dan headlines a field of 12 in Saturday’s $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland.

Last seen at Keeneland smashing the main track record in a 10½-length victory in the Ben Ali (G3) in April, Wise Dan brings a two-race winning streak on grass into the race. In his most recent start, Wise Dan secured a trip to the Breeders’ Cup with a “Win and You’re In” score in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1). The Shadwell Turf Mile is also a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1).

Trained by Charles Lopresti, Wise Dan will be ridden by Jose Lezcano. Fourth in this race last year, Wise Dan will break from post position five.

Chief among the opposition to Wise Dan is Stuart Janney III’s Data Link. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Data Link will seek to become the first horse to win the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) and Shadwell Turf Mile in the same year. Alex Solis has the mount on Data Link, who will break from post position seven.

Taking on older horses for the first time will be the 3-year-old Silver Max, owned by Mark Bacon and Dana Wells. Trained by Dale Romans, Silver Max won the Transylvania (G3) here this spring in the first of five wire-to-wire stakes victories that was highlighted with a triumph in the $600,000 Virginia Derby (G2). Robby Albarado has the call on Silver Max, who will break from post position 10.

The field for the Shadwell Turf Mile, from the inside out, is as follows: Skyring (Rajiv Maragh, 123 pounds), Doubles Partner (Javier Castellano, 126), Corporate Jungle (Paco Lopez, 126), Willcox Inn (James Graham, 126), Wise Dan (Jose Lezcano, 126), Worthadd (IRE) (Luis Contreras, 126), Data Link (Alex Solis, 126), Slip and Drive (Alex Cintron, 126), Ol Army (Jesus Castanon, 123), Silver Max (Robby Albarado, 123), Dominus (Julien Leparoux, 126) and Swift Warrior (Jose Espinoza, 126).

Wise Dan/Keeneland photo