Monday, May 25, 2015

Peeping Dan

Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan -- U.S. Horse of the Year, champion older male, and champion turf male of 2012 and 2013 and the winner of 11 Grade 1 races throughout 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 -- has been back in very light training (i.e. jogging) since the final week of April, and he is due to be re-evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage of Lexington's Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital on May 26th. It is yet to be determined if the eight-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding out of Lisa Danielle, diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his right front cannon bone in October, will return to the races.

Here is Wise Dan today, his last day of jogging before the re-evaluation, at trainer Charlie LoPresti's Keeneland base. The hugely popular chestnut has won 23-of-31 starts and $7,552,920. Wise Dan has not been worse than second in his 19 latest outings, dating back to the autumn of 2011, and was undefeated in 2014.

Wise Dan's stablemate/graded stakes-placed five-year-old half-sister Enchanting Lisa (by War Chant) runs in the Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes at Churchill Downs this afternoon. She's looking for her first stakes win. Go, Lisa!

Taking in some round pen time, feeling the sun on his back, before going to the track.

Wise Dan, Kelly Wheeler up.

Amy LoPresti and pony accompanied Wheeler and Wise Dan to the track.

Back at the barn, trainer Charlie LoPresti feels the gelding's legs post-jog.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your visit with Wise Dan and for all the great shots! He sure does look good to my untrained eye and I do hope he comes back in his winning form. He has done enough already, but it is always just a thrill to see him. Thanks!