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

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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

“I’ll talk to the boss man right here (breeder and owner Mort Fink). He’ll tell me what to do. We’re looking at the Woodford (Reserve Turf Classic-G1) Derby Day – what we did last year. We’ll just see. If he comes back good (from the Maker’s 46 Mile), if he’s not too tired, that’s where we’ll go. Maybe we’ll do something else. Just see how he comes back.”

 

John Velazquez (winning rider)

“Before the race, Charlie said, ‘I don’t know if I have him tight enough so you better save some horse.’ So I was a little concerned about that and wanted to make sure that I got him back a little bit in the first part to where he could relax a little bit and not use too much energy in the first part, and he did that. He got a little strong on the backstretch, so I let him get his position to where he was comfortable. From then on, he did it very well.

“This horse is incredible. They don’t come around that often. He’s definitely a special horse, and he’s proven it the last two-three years.”

 

Mort Fink (breeder and owner of Wise Dan)

On having a horse like Wise Dan

“You think I could really come up with the words to describe that? It’s like a dream: the whole thing. He does everything right. You just interviewed the guy (LoPresti) who’s the reason he’s the way he is.”

 

Mark Casse (trainer of runner-up Kaigun)

"I talked with (owner) Gary Barber this morning and I said, ‘I’m not sure he can handle this caliber of horses but I will tell you I don't think there is another horse in the race training better than he is.’ He was training really well coming into this race. He broke a little slow; we planned on being a little closer but I thought (jockey) Alan (Garcia) did a good job to save some ground. (Kaigun) ran a heck of a race. He’s become a really good horse since we gelded him (after he won an allowance race at Woodbine on Aug. 25, 2013).”

 

Alan Garcia (rider of Kaigun)

“He did really good. (Trainer) Mark Casse was really confident before the race; said he was training super and was going to run a good race. (He told me) to put him wherever he was comfortable. He missed the break a little but we saved some ground moving around the backside and then he ran really well.”

 

Orlando Bocachica (rider of third-place finisher Lochte)

“I had a very good trip. Everything was perfect. But the other horses were better. I know this horse pretty good. I think he ran his race.”

 

Julien Leparoux (rider of fourth-place finisher Za Approval)

“He (Za Approval) tried to put me in the race a little bit early in the race. Then on the backside the two in front of me kind of went on so I sat there but I got into a little traffic. He ran OK. He finished good for me.”

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