Following a troubled, rain-soaked trip in the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap last week, Dick Jerardi wrote for the Daily Racing Form that Wise Dan's critics ought to take a seat until year's end.
With the exception of a tough loss in the 2012 Stephen Foster, the gelding has rolled through a streak of 11 consecutive stakes wins, including seven Grade 1s, on three surfaces and two distances, at five different tracks.
Even when the chips were down in this year's Firecracker, wrote Jerardi, Dan found a way to win.
“Basically, that is all Wise Dan does. He wins. And apparently, it is still not enough,” he noted. “He is not winning on dirt. He is not winning longer races. His last seven races have been on grass, six at on mile, one at 1 1/8 miles.”
Jerardi isn't sure whether the debate is rooted in impatience or a need for negativity, but no matter what, racing fans should keep perspective.
“Debate all you want,” he wrote, “but don't forget to savor what you are seeing. You may never witness anything exactly like it again.”
Read more at the Daily Racing Form
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