Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, making his first start since returning after May 16 colic surgery, held off 29-1 shot Optimizer to win the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Await the Dawn||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Brilliant Speed||Thomas Albertrani||
|Byword (GB)||Andre Fabre||
|Compliance Officer||Bruce R. Brown||
|Courageous Cat||William I. Mott||
|Court Vision||Dale L. Romans||
|Dean's Kitten||Michael J. Maker||
|Get Stormy||Thomas M. Bush||
|Gio Ponti||Christophe Clement||
|Goldikova (IRE)||Frederic Head||
|Midday (GB)||Henry Cecil||
|Mr. Commons||John A. Shirreffs||
|Sarafina (FR)||Alain De Royer-Dupre||
|Sea Moon (GB)||STOUTE SIR MICHAEL||
|Sidney's Candy||Todd A. Pletcher||
|St Nicholas Abbey (IRE)||O'BRIEN AIDAN||
|Stately Victor||Michael J. Maker||
|Strong Suit||Simon Callaghan||
|Teaks North||Eric J. Guillot||
|Zoffany (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||
Goldencents, last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner, is to make his next start Oct. 4 in Keeneland's Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT), where he would likely face two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan.
Ten-time grade I winner Wise Dan is set to race for the first time in nearly four months Aug. 30, but the last thing on trainer Charlie LoPresti's mind, he says, is a third straight Horse of the Year title.
On Aug. 30, Wise Dan will face a solid field in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) as the 127-pound highweight while making his long-awaited return after May 16 colic surgery.
Goldencents avenged his loss in last year's $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) with a dominating wire-to-wire track record performance in this year's edition at Del Mar Aug. 24.
If all goes well, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will begin his road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 30.
Kingman took to the less than ideal turf conditions at Deauville Aug. 17 and further bolstered his rank as Europe's top miler with a comfortable win in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I).
Trainer Charlie LoPresti was still mulling over comeback options for Wise Dan but seemed more inclined toward deciding Aug. 16 after sending the Horse of the Year through his third dirt work at Saratoga Race Course.
Despite skipping a start in the Aug. 9 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT), two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan moved forward in his recovery from colic surgery when he worked over the main track at Saratoga that day.
With Wise Dan still progressing in his comeback from May 16 colic surgery, favoritism and a highweight assignment in Saratoga's $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) go to Dale Romans trainee Silver Max.
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Trainer Charlie LoPresti said July 31 that two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will not make his comeback in the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, an event the 7-year-old gelding has won the past two years.
Breezing for the third time since returning to training after colic surgery, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan went an easy five furlongs in 1:03.72 over the Oklahoma turf course at Saratoga Race Course July 25.
Morton Fink's two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan turned in his first breeze of the summer at Saratoga July 18, progressing toward trainer Charlie LoPresti's goal of making the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT).
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Construction may be going full-steam-ahead on the main track at Keeneland, but that hasn't stopped two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan from progressing in his recovery from colic surgery.
Spendthrift Farm's Ontario-based stallion Court Vision will shuttle to Juan Carlos Harding's Haras Las Araucarias in Chile for the 2014 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
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French star Cirrus des Aigles will bid for a third successive top-level victory this season in the Investec Coronation Cup (In Commemoration of St Nicholas Abbey, Eng-I) at Epsom Downs June 7.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington May 16 for emergency colic surgery, according to trainer Charlie LoPresti.
Favored Sweet Swap became a graded stakes winner over his favored hillside turf course with a front-running tally in the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 13 at Santa Anita Park.
In an amazing training feat, Chris Waller sent out the first four finishers in the AUS$3 million The Star Doncaster Mile (Aus-I), spearheaded by repeat winner Sacred Falls April 12 at Royal Randwick.
The focus has shifted at Keeneland, as it usually does during the second week of April, to the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and the Kentucky Derby hopefuls who will emerge from that event. read blog
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