Wise Dan continues training for comeback race
Saratoga Springs, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, had a workout Saturday morning at Saratoga Race Course.
The 7-year-old gelding, trained by Charlie LoPresti, put in a five furlong workout in 1:02.04 over Saratoga's main track with his regular exercise rider Damien Rock. The champion galloped out six furlongs in 1:15 2/5.
"I was very, very pleased with what I saw this morning," LoPresti said. "He handled it really good, better than last week. Damien said he was in hand the whole way, and he was talking him out of it the whole way. 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."
LoPresti decided not to start Wise Dan, owned by Morton Fink, in next Saturday's Fourstardave, but the $250,000 Bernard Baruch, a 1 1/16-mile grass race, and the $600,000 Woodward at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt, both scheduled for August 30, are now possible landing spots.
"I've got two options," LoPresti said. "If he keeps going the right way, he'll either run in the Baruch or the Woodward, and I like what I saw today on the dirt. I wouldn't rule (the Woodward) out."
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 had emergency colic surgery on May 16.
Wise Dan, winner of the last two Breeders' Cup Miles, has career earnings of $6,802,920 with 21 wins in 29 starts.
08/02 13:33:06 ET