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.|