Morton Fink’s Wise Dan simply toyed with his rivals on Sunday at Keeneland, winning the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) in track-record time on closing day at the Lexington track.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Wise Dan won the $150,000 event as he pleased by 10 ½ lengths. The gelding was never challenged and his time of 1:46.63 eclipsed Carriage Trail’s track record of 1:46.77 set in 2008 and Midway Road’s stakes record of 1:46.78 from 2004.
Wise Dan was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in his first start since winning the Clark (G1) at Churchill Downs in November. The winner was trained by Charlie Lopresti. Big Blue Kitten finished second and Guys Reward was third.
Wise Dan/Keeneland photo