LEXINGTON, KY (April 21, 2013) – Not to be outdone by his year-younger half-brother, Wise Dan, Successful Dan controlled the pace to win the 83rd running of the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) on Sunday, a year after Wise Dan won the same race to launch his Horse of the Year campaign. The performance came on Military Appreciation Day, which attracted 20,244 fans for the third-largest Sunday crowd at Keeneland since the track began racing on Sundays in the spring of 1991.
A homebred racing for Mort Fink and trained by Charlie LoPresti – the same connections as Wise Dan – Successful Dan was the 4-5 favorite in his first race since June. The gelding, ridden by Julien Leparoux, took the lead in the 1 1/8-mile race from the inside post and took the lead, slowing the pace while leading five rivals through fractions of :25.03, :50.18, 1:16.05 and 1:39.57. Midway on the final turn, the pace quickened and Boisterous mounted a challenge inside the three-sixteenths pole. Down the stretch, Successful Dan held off Boisterous and crossed the finish line one length in front of that rival. His time for the race was 1:51.14.
With the victory, Successful Dan remained undefeated in five starts at Keeneland. The seven-year-old gelding by Successful Appeal earned $90,000 to push his career earnings to $746,608 with eight wins in 12 career starts. He also won Keeneland’s Fayette Stakes (G2) in 2010.
Wise Dan opened his 2013 campaign at Keeneland on April 12, winning the Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (G1). He has earned $3,727,638 in his career.
Richard’s Kid was 6¼ lengths back in third and was followed in order by Son of a General, Hattaash and Stephanoatsee. Golden Ticket was scratched. The starters in the Ben Ali wore camouflage saddle towels as part of Military Appreciation Day.
Successful Dan paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10. Boisterious, ridden by Joel Rosario, returned $3 and $2.20. Rosie Napravnik rode Richard’s Kid, who paid $2.60 to show.
Three days remain in Keeneland’s 16-day spring meet. Racing resumes Wednesday with a nine-race program that begin at 1:05 p.m. (ET). The season concludes on Friday.