Grade I winner Wise Dan, currently ranked second on the NTRA's list of North America's top Thoroughbreds in training, is to arrive at Woodbine on the morning of Sept. 14 for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT).
The Woodbine Mile is Sept. 16 over the E.P Taylor Turf Course.
The bay son of Wiseman's Ferry —Lisa Danielle is trained by Charles Lopresti for owner/breeder Morton Fink. Wise Dan arrives at the Mile off a five-length score in the one-mile Fourstardave Handicap (gr. II) Aug. 11 on grass at Saratoga Race Course.
Wise Dan is a graded winner on multiple surfaces, including a pair of grade II turf victories.
Lopresti, who won the Woodbine Mile last year with Turallure, has been very impressed with how Wise Dan has been training heading into the Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
On Aug. 24, Wise Dan breezed four furlongs in :45.89 over the Saratoga training turf.
"It turned out phenomenal. None of us could believe it, including the clockers," said Lopresti. "I told his exercise rider I'd be happy if he goes in :48 and change. He probably went in :46, but they got him in :45 and change. He did it really easy. He looked like he was going :48."
With the hard training taken care of, Wise Dan breezed an easy six furlongs over the Keeneland main track Sept. 5 in 1:13.
"He was just cruising around there," said Lopresti. "He's so fit. If he's not fit enough to run this race, I don't know what will get him fit."
Lopresti's star contender will be partnered in the Mile by regular rider John Velazquez. The recent Hall of Fame inductee steered Miss Keller to a memorable win in the E.P Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine last October.
"It's an incredible turf course," said Lopresti. "I couldn't believe it the first time I looked down that stretch. It's pretty neat. I know Johnny knows it well, I just hope Wise Dan realizes how long he has to run down the lane and saves it for the quarter pole home."