Wise Dan, Groupie Doll Doing Well, on Track for Breeders’ Cup Following Defeats at Keeneland

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Wise Dan unexpectedly lost the Shadwell Turf Mile to Silver Max on Saturday Wise Dan unexpectedly lost the Shadwell Turf Mile to Silver Max on Saturday

Trainer Charlie LoPresti said reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan came out of his runner-up effort in Saturday’s Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in good order and is pointing toward a defense of his title in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.

“Those were not ideal conditions yesterday,” LoPresti said of the race that came off the turf and was run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track after Keeneland was hit by 1½ inches of rain in less than two hours. “I was a little disappointed that he lost, but he never stopped trying and was gaining on the winner (Silver Max).”

Wise Dan, breaking from the outside post in the 10-horse field, was bumped going into the first turn, floated wide and raced far off the rail the entire race in finishing 1¼ lengths behind Silver Max.

“I looked at the Trakus (stats) after the race and it showed he ran 40 feet farther than the winner,” LoPresti said. “That computes to losing about four lengths.”

Owned by Morton Fink, Wise Dan will do the bulk of his training for the Breeders’ Cup here.

“We will make sure he is OK for the Breeders’ Cup and go out on the 29th (of October),” LoPresti said of a schedule that is similar to last year when Wise Dan shipped to California the middle of Breeders’ Cup week.

Trainer and part-owner Buff Bradley said champion Groupie Doll returned to Churchill Downs after finishing third in Saturday’s Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) and remains on track to defend her title in the seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).

“She’s tired, but she had to run the whole way yesterday,” Bradley said of Groupie Doll, who finished 1¾ lengths behind Judy the Beauty. “That was not her typical race yesterday. Usually she is just getting started the first quarter of a mile, but yesterday she was in against a couple of Polytrack professionals (in Judy the Beauty and Gypsy Robin).

“I was more concerned about yesterday’s race than the Breeders’ Cup,” he added. “Six furlongs is not her best distance and I think she is better on dirt. She shows brilliance on the dirt and on the Polytrack, she has run some good races and won a Grade 1 and a Grade 2 there.”

Bradley has scheduled one work for Groupie Doll on Saturday, Oct. 19 and plans to ship her to Santa Anita on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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  • Ida Le

    I’m very happy Dan and the Doll are doing well. That is the most important thing. I’m going to vent now: I just changed from Dish to Cable and no horse racing station is available..no HRTV no TVG. How are we supposed to elevate our sport if these service providers don’t even carry the sport? And before you ask why did I change? Cable is over $100 cheaper per month with all around better service (I live in the sticks). So I’ll have to be satisfied with the crumbs ESPN and NBC throw my way during the BC. I’m trying to get our provider to make HRTV available but so far getting nowhere…

    • Kris

      Ida,
      Dish is awesome! Why did you switch?

      • Ida Lee

        Thanks for your comments everybody! The reason I changed is because I get cable, internet and phone service for a little over $100 less did I did for the same services with Dish. Plus, the service is so much better. My internet is like 10x faster and I have beautiful HD on practically all channels. The thing is you can’t get HRTV even if you are willing to pay extra for it. They just don’t carry any horse racing channel period!!! I plan to keep asking for it …

    • AngelaFromAbilene

      Where I live makes the sticks look metropolitan and cable is not even an option. I switched from DirectTV to Dish because HRTV & TVG are both in the second tier. Costs me $55.00 a month. They also have an all horse racing package advertising “every race, everyday from everywhere.”

    • 4Bellwether666

      Keep on squeaking and you will get some grease…

  • Kris

    I’m tossing the Wise Dan race; his second-place finish is certainly understandable. Groupie Doll is not the same horse as last year, which is a shame. Perhaps she’ll get back into the swing of things when she gets to California.

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