Horse Racing

August 16, 2014

Workout marks three months since surgery for Wise Dan

Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan had another workout Saturday morning at Saratoga Race Course.

Saratoga Springs, NY ( - Three months after having intestinal surgery, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan had another workout Saturday morning at Saratoga Race Course.

The 7-year-old gelding, trained by Charlie LoPresti, put in a five furlong workout in 1:01.64 over Saratoga's main track with his regular exercise rider Damien Rock.

"I think he looked like the old Wise Dan," said LoPresti. "I think he's coming the right way now; that's why I didn't run him in the Fourstardave (Aug. 9). He was a couple of breezes short of running in that race."

LoPresti and owner Morton Fink have still not decided on Wise Dan's next start, his first since undergoing emergency colic surgery on May 16.

"He's ready now; I'm just trying to fight in my head where to run him and what's the right thing to do," said LoPresti. "Do I run him here (in the Bernard Baruch on Aug. 30)? Do I run him in Canada (in the Woodbine Mile on Sept. 14)? I have to talk to Mr. Fink. My heart says ... I don't know what my heart says.

"I don't think Mr. Fink would want to run him in a Grade 1 on the dirt in his comeback. There's no doubt he could run in the Bernard Baruch if that's what Mr. Fink wants to do. We could (possibly) run in the Bernard Baruch, skip the Woodbine Mile, and go to the Shadwell Turf Mile (on Oct. 4 at Keeneland). We have another work next week. But we are going to have to figure something out before long."

With a third straight Horse of the Year honor on the line, the 7-year-old won his second straight Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day after beginning the 2014 season with a second straight win in the Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland on April 11.

Wise Dan, winner of the last two Breeders' Cup Miles, has career earnings of $6,802,920 with 21 wins in 29 starts.

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