LEXINGTON, KY (June 27, 2014) – Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan returned to his Keeneland base on Monday to resume training, and trainer Charlie LoPresti appeared especially pleased.
“Everybody that’s seen him says he looks better now (than he did before),” LoPresti said.
On May 16, the 7-year-old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding underwent emergency colic surgery. Five days later, he began his recovery at Forest Lane Farm, the Lexington-area farm owned by LoPresti and his wife, Amy. The gelding recently had been jogging and galloping in the farm’s indoor arena.
Charlie LoPresti said Wise Dan seemed glad to be back at Keeneland, and had jogged and galloped the past few mornings. “He was ready,” he said.
LoPresti said Wise Dan would leave for Saratoga “sometime around the 12th to the 14th of July and then train him up there all summer and hopefully make a race there if we can.” Future races might be the Fourstardave (G2) on Aug. 9 or the Bernard Baruch (G2) on Aug. 30 at Saratoga; the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) on Sept. 14; and the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on Oct. 4 at Keeneland. Wise Dan won the Fourstardave and the Woodbine Mile the past two seasons and has a win and a second in the Shadwell Turf Mile.
But Wise Dan will make the ultimate decision about when he races.
“We’ll let him tell us. We’re not going to push him,” LoPresti said.
A homebred racing for Mort Fink, Wise Dan has won 21 of 29 races in five seasons, including the 2012 and 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), and has earned more than $6.8 million. He has won a record six Keeneland stakes.