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O DANNY BOY

Posted by on 8/12/2013 9:29:18 PM

‘O Danny Boy, the pipes the pipes are calling’ and last Saturday at Saratoga, Wise Dan answered the call when needed to just get up and nail the front-running King Kressa in the Fourstardave as online sports betting site players witnessed another stellar performance.

The reigning Horse of the Year put his heart on display for all to see as the prohibitive favorite. He was clocked the mile on grass in 1:34 flat and recorded a 106 Beyer Speed Figure.

He brought his record to a perfect 4 for 4 this year, has won 17 of 24 career and is 9 for 10 on the grass to earn nearly $4.5 million.

By a Grade 3 winner and out of a dam that won just once, Wise Dan has some siblings that are worth noting. Five of his siblings have banked 6 figures including multiple Grade 2 winner and near millionaire Successful Dan.

Trained by Charlie Lopresti, who is popping at a 22% clip this, there are a couple of siblings now racing that have huge futures and must be watched intently.

Casino Dan, also handled by Lopresti, has been a slow learner so far but seems to be figuring it out. He has only won once but was recently 2nd a neck in a N1X allowance at Churchill and he should be watched in races up to a mile and a sixteenth.

Enchanting Lisa broke onto the racing scene in June of this year at Presque Isle and immediately crushed a MSW crew by 7 lengths despite being hung wide. In her next start, she dropped 9 lengths off the pace in her turf debut at Saratoga but showed tremendous courage to close relentlessly to be beaten under a length.

Another Lopresti runner, this miss has already shown her versatility and will be a force as her career widens.

As far as Wise Dan is concerned, he proved he could carry weight and succeed, as his impost was a hefty 129 pounds on Saturday.

Sure, he got a good trip, but sometimes runners make their own luck especially if they have tactical speed. His rider John Velazquez watched things unfold ideally, Velazquez: “Perfect trip. Broke well, win in the right place following the speed in the race. After that, it was pretty easy. I knew the horse on the lead was going to take me a long way. It ended up being a nice race down the lane with the horse on the lead. I knew at the time I pulled out it was going to be a fight down the lane and I know my horse is a fighter. It was awesome, it was a much tougher race than last year.”

What’s next for Danny Boy? Last year he went and won at Woodbine after this race, then prepped for his win in the Breeders’ Cup Mile but taking a Grade 1 at Keeneland.

As far as the future, Lopresti: “Maybe Woodbine, maybe Keeneland, maybe both. We’ll just see how it goes. I would say he would stay on the grass. We’ve got his big brother (Successful Dan). He’s doing really well and it would really be neat to have both of them in the Breeders’ Cup in different races.”

Nothing like two bullets to fire on BC Day.

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