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ANOTHER DAN-DY PERFORMANCE

Posted by on 9/17/2013 8:47:55 PM

“And the Beat Goes On” was a 1980 single by the American group “The Whispers” and it could be fitting if it was the theme song at trainer Charlie LoPresti’s barn as Wise Dan just continues to roll.

Online sports betting site players figure to be treated to a few more performances for the 2012 Horse of the Year as he continues his unbeaten season and is fresh from a victory in the $1,00,000 Woodbine Mile last Sunday.

The son of Wiseman’s Ferry became the first runner to repeat in the WO Mile and he set the course record in the process under jockey Johnny Velazquez.

His connections could not have drawn up a better scenario for the superstar. He sat an ideal 3-hole trip and tracked a fast pace. Rivals Escaper and Dimension set up the splits going :45.44 to the half and 1:08.50 for 6 furlongs before Dan asserted his authority.

His final mile time of 1:31.75 barely eclipsed the former course record but it was good enough for the glory. Wise Dan recorded his best Beyer Speed Figure of the year of 108 and the way he has won has been impressive.

In every one of his scores this year, he has extended his winning margin in the stretch. The great gelding has won 5 in a row this year, won 5 of 6 last year with the lone defeat coming by a head in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster.

To say consistency is his calling card is a great under statement.

His trainer sees greatness and he’s not afraid to shout it from the mountain, LoPresti: “I feel like we’ve got a great horse. I say it every time he runs, but what he did today was really impressive. I don’t know how much better he can get. There’s no sign that he’s slowing down, I can tell you that. Johnny said he had so much horse left that he couldn’t get him pulled up.”

Nothing is set in stone for Dan’s future but the logical next step would be the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. He used that same winning prep last year before shipping to Santa Anita to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

LoPresti will evaluate Dan in the next few days and see how he responds to the Woodbine win. Just because he was impressive, does not mean the race took nothing out of him.

Sometimes an easy-looking win can be more taxing than what looks like a hard-fought effort. One of Wise Dan’s best assets is he can be placed anywhere and still win.

He is best when he can maintain contact early but in last year’s Shadwell Turf Mile he came from seventh of 12 to again win going away.

To perform at a high level for an extended period of time is never easy, for horses or humans.

For the last 2 years he has been nearly perfect and although they say half the job is just showing up but Wise Dan shows up and makes people take notice.

To beat him moving on may take a Herculean performance.

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