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Two-time Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan Triumphs in Maker’s 46 Mile

Keeneland-based runner scores sixth career graded stakes victory here

LEXINGTON, KY (April 11, 2014) – Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan, Horse of the Year in 2012 and 2013, opened his 2014 campaign with a three-quarter-length victory over Kaigun to win the 26th running of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) before a crowd of 14,325 on Friday afternoon at Keeneland. (Click here to watch a video clip of the race.)

Quotes from the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1)

Charlie LoPresti (winning trainer of Wise Dan)

“I was worried about it (because the race marked Wise Dan’s 2014 debut) just because of the winter and how much (training) time we lost. I told (jockey) Johnny (Velazquez) going into the race that ‘I just don’t have him as tight as I need to but just give him an easy race and if he’s good enough to win just do the best you can to save him for the next one.’ This one is going to put us where we need to be.”

 

On Wise Dan’s next race

Two-Time Horse of the Year Wise Dan Heads Field of Seven for Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile

LEXINGTON, KY (April 8, 2014)  Morton Fink’s Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, will make his 2014 debut Friday when he faces six foes in the 26th running of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) on the grass at Keeneland.

The Maker’s 46 Mile will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a post time of 5:13 p.m. ET. First post time Friday is 1:05 p.m.

UK Football Coach Mark Stoops Feels Unique Connection with 2014 Keeneland/Maker’s Mark Bottle

Proceeds Again Benefit UK HealthCare’s Gill Heart Institute

LEXINGTON, KY (April 1, 2014)– University of Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops has lived much of his life with a keen awareness of the importance of cardiac care following his father’s untimely death at age 54 from a heart attack. So when the coach was selected to be featured on the 2014 Keeneland Maker’s Mark bottle with proceeds going to benefit the Gill Heart Institute at UK Healthcare, he found that to be a cause he could fully endorse.

2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan, Defending Champ Data Link Top Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile

LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2013) – Morton Fink’s Wise Dan, the reigning Horse of the Year in North America, and Stuart Janney III’s four-time graded stakes winner Data Link headline a field of five entered Tuesday for Friday’s 25th running of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).

The Maker’s 46 Mile will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:13 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time Friday is 1:05 p.m.

UK Basketball Great Dan Issel To Be Honored on 2013 Commemorative Maker’s Mark Bottle

Proceeds to Benefit UK HealthCare’s Gill Heart Institute

LEXINGTON, KY (April 1, 2013) – Keeneland and Maker’s Mark have announced that the 17th edition of its signature charitable bottle series will honor UK basketball great and James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dan Issel. Proceeds from the bottle sales will benefit the Gill Heart Institute at UK HealthCare.

 

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