Wise Dan came away with the lead coming off the turn and ran away to a four-length victory in the $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II) (VIDEO) on closing day of Keeneland Oct.29.
The 4-year-old son of Wiseman’s Ferry recorded his third stakes win in his last four starts. The chestnut gelding is a Kentucky homebred of Morton Fink and is trained by Charles Lopresti. He was guided to victory by Julien Leparoux, who scored five winners on the day and wrapped up another meet title in Lexington. He finished with 33 winners during the 17-day stand.
Wise Dan, who was fourth in the Oct. 8 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland, had one work after that race on the Polytrack. He sat third or fourth in the early stages of the 1 1/8-mile Fayette as Decisive Moment
and Future Prospect
led the way through splits of :23.76, :47.19, :11.41. General Quarters
was also near the pace.
When they negotiated the final turn Wise Dan made his winning four-wide move and struck the front just beyond the quarter-pole. He was clear by 3 1/2 lengths by mid-stretch and was never challenged in the final furlong. Ioya Bigtime
rallied to get second at 6-1 odds under Calvin Borel, a half-length ahead of 14-1 Workin for Hops
and James Graham.
The final time on the Polytrack was 1:48.72.
, the 2-1 favorite, was in striking position turning for home but flattened out and finished ninth in a field of 10.
“He really ran good," Lopresti said. "We had a big question about the mile-and-an-eighth. That’s the thing we’ve been afraid of all along. And I just thought, we’ve got to try it. We’ve got to find out how far he can go. This spring when we tried the Alysheba (grade III at Churchill Downs on May 6 in which he finished 8th), he wouldn’t settle and he wasn’t at his best then. But he really ran good today and it worked out.
"We’re thinking maybe the River City (gr. III, 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Churchill on Nov. 19) or the Clark
(gr. I, 1 1/8 miles at Churchill on Nov. 25).”
Prior to the Turf Mile, Wise Dan won the Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) in July at Churchill Downs and the Presque Isle Downs Mile on Tapeta Sept. 9. He won the Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland during the 2010 fall meet.
The win improved Wise Dan’s lifetime record to 7-0-0 from 13 starts and upped his earnings to $593,047.
The winner is out of the Wolf Power mare Lisa Danielle.
Wise Dan, sent off as the second choice, paid $7.60, $4.40, and $3.40. The exacta (8-10) returned $57.20 and the trifecta (8-10-11) was worth $495.80.