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Barn Notes -- Saturday, April 12

WISE DAN DOING WELL MORNING AFTER MAKER’S 46 MILE TRIUMPH

Trainer Charlie LoPresti was one happy camper Saturday morning, the day after Morton Fink’s reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan made a triumphant return to the races with a victory in the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) on Friday.

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.

Keeneland-Based Wise Dan Named 2012 Horse of the Year

LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 20, 2013) – Keeneland-based Wise Dan swept honors as 2012 Horse of the Year, champion turf horse and champion older male, while Keeneland sales graduates I’ll Have Another, Shanghai Bobby, Beholder and Royal Delta were each named divisional champions at the 42nd annual Eclipse Award ceremony, held Saturday night at Gulfstream Park.

 Eclipse Award winners and their Keeneland connections include:

Wise Dan Wins Shadwell Turf Mile

Wise Dan Wins Shadwell Turf Mile; Joha and Tapitsfly Post Grade 1 Wins; Groupie Doll Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth with Thoroughbred Club of America Triumph; Bridgetown Takes Woodford

LEXINGTON, KY (October 6, 2012) – Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan cruised to the lead leaving the far turn and coasted to a 2¼-length victory over Willcox Inn to win the 27th running of the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), the centerpiece of a five-stakes program before a crowd of 22,292 on a bright fall afternoon at Keeneland.

Quotes - $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)

Charlie Lopresti (winning trainer of Wise Dan)

“He’s good. He’s really good. He was so good coming out of the Woodbine race (Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile on September 16 that) I just didn’t want to breeze him too many more times. I figured this (racing in the Shadwell Turf Mile) would give him a chance to maybe breeze him one more time easy and then run him (in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships).

 

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