USA: Horse of the Year Wise Dan set to return this month

Odds-on favourite Wise Dan runs away with the $1 million Woodbine Mile

Wise Dan: popular gelding underwent colic surgery in May

  PICTURE: Woodbine/Michael Burns Photography  

USA: Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who underwent colic surgery in May, is being primed for a return to action this month after pleasing trainer Charlie LoPresti when working at Saratoga on Saturday.

The popular gelding, who has won 21 of his 29 starts, including ten at the top level, came through emergency surgery after becoming distressed following a routine gallop at his Keeneland base.

He had two workouts at Saratoga in July and Saturday’s effort under exercise rider Damien Rock has left LoPresti, who trains the seven-year-old for owner-breeder Morton Fink, eyeing the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch (1m½f on turf) or the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes (1m1f on dirt) at the track.

Both races are on August 30 and LoPresti told the Blood-Horse: “I was very, very pleased with what I saw.

“That’s the kind of work I was looking for this week. I want to see him back to where he used to be, and now he’s coming the right way.

“I’ve got two options. If he keeps going the right way, he’ll either run in the Baruch or the Woodward, and I liked what I saw on the dirt. I wouldn’t rule the Woodward out.”

LoPresti, who will also consider running Wise Dan in next month’s Ricoh Woodbine Mile, a race the son of Wiseman’s Ferry has won for the past two years, added: “There’s plenty of time to decide.

“This [strong work] is going to give me a breather. I don’t know what the general consensus was with the handicappers and the Daily Racing Form guys, but that was an awesome work.”


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