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

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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).

“(Jockey Jose Lezcano) told me he was really relaxed today. (Lezcano) talked to (regular rider) Johnny Velazquez about it, and Johnny gave him all the instructions – how to warm him up and everything about him – and he rode him to the ‘T.’ ”

 

On whether Wise Dan will run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) or the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1)

“We’ll lean toward the Mile, but we won’t rule out the Classic. Listening to everybody talk, I think he deserves to run in the Classic. I just watch those races at Santa Anita. Maybe that track’s a little bit loose. It doesn’t seem like it was as tight as it was – just to me, anyway. If you watch him in the Stephen Foster (a Grade 1 race at Churchill Downs on June 16 in which Wise Dan was second), his action wasn’t the best. In the Clark (a Grade 1 race at Churchill in November 2011 that he won), (the track) had a lot of moisture and it was tighter.

“If you watch him the Stephen Foster, that track was kind of loose that night and he wasn’t getting a hold of it. He just wasn’t on the bridle but he still ran a good race. Then when I got him to Saratoga, he didn’t train that great on the dirt but he got better the more he was there. I’m a little worried about Santa Anita. It’s the same kind of speed-oriented track, but it’s a little deeper and looser. I don’t know if he’ll handle that. I know he’ll handle the turf. We’ll talk about it. We’ve got some options anyway.”

 

On whether Wise Dan is getting better

“Yes, he is getting better. He gained weight from the Woodbine Mile. I worked him one time here, and he just worked incredible here one morning. I told Mr. Fink (owner Mort Fink), ‘We just got to run him again. I don’t want to breeze him too many more times.’ I was worried. There were a lot of horses in here. Coming back off shipping to Woodbine and all, I was a little concerned. But I knew I was doing the right thing. The horse was good, and he showed up today.”

 

Jose Lezcano (winning jockey)

“I got a very good trip. He broke very good and he got into position well. When I ask him, he was good. Thank you, Mr. Charlie for the opportunity to ride this horse. I appreciate it.”

 

James Graham (rider of second-place finisher Willcox Inn)

“I was sixth or seventh; I couldn’t go with (Wise Dan) on that first turn. In the middle of the second turn I said to myself, ‘We are going to be fifth.’ Then I picked him up and boom, off he went. If we had been a little closer to the winner, I don’t think we would have beaten him but we would have been closer to him at the finish. That horse (Wise Dan) is incredible. My horse is just coming into himself. He has a very quick turn of foot. I think you would have to take a hard look at the Breeders’ Cup for him. Not only did he run great, he was coming hard at the end.”

 

(Michael Stidham, trainer of Willcox Inn)

“We were very pleased with the way he came home. He was really running at the end. He was making up a little ground on the winner at the end. We were very pleased with the way that he finished. We thought for awhile that the mile (distance) would suit him better and it did.”

 

On the Breeders’ Cup Mile

“That is something we will definitely consider.”

 

Alex Cintron (rider of third-place finisher Slip and Drive)

“My horse likes to run like that – relax at the beginning and make a big run at the end. If he goes a little close (to the front) then he doesn’t finish much. No matter what, if the horses in front go slow or fast, that’s his style. In the turn I waited a little longer because I didn’t want to go outside and go too wide, so I waited inside until it opened up and then I made my move.”

 

Javier Castellano (rider of fourth-place finisher Doubles Partner)

“I think the horse (Doubles Partner) was at a disadvantage being on the inside. He didn’t like it much. I think he’s a better horse on the outside of other horses. Unfortunately, he drew the inside post and had to deal with that.”

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