Jerardi on Wise Dan: ‘Debate All You Want, But Don’t Forget to Savor”

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Wise Dan braves the rain in the 2013 Firecracker Handicap en route to his second Horse of the Year title Wise Dan braves the rain in the 2013 Firecracker Handicap en route to his second Horse of the Year title

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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  • Jonathan Fowler

    Perfectly said!

  • sandy scott

    AMEN i LOVE THIS GELDING AND HAVE WATCHED HIM SINCE I FIRST SAW HIM AT CHURCHILL, HES A BEAST AND WAS JUMPING FOR JOY ON THIS CHAMP WHEN HE WON THIS RACE . THE ODDS WHERE AGAINST HIM, WEIGHT, YTURF, ALMOST GETTING PUSHED IN THE HEDGE, DOESNT MATTER ALL I KNOW IF , HE SOWED THEM WHAT FIRE HE COULD DISH OUT AND HES NOT A LOW CLASS CLAIMER OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT TO FOOL WITH… HES A CHAMPION FOR A REASON AND TO ME HE PROVED THIS EVEN MORE IN THE FIRECRACKER ON HOW MUCH HE LOVES TO WIN….. SO TO YOU WISE DAN, U R MY CHAMPION AND NO MATTER WHAT OTHERS THINK DIFFERENT, THEY CAN NEVER OVER COME AND DO WHAT U HAVE DONE OR GOING TO DO… SO KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND CONGRATS TO ALL INVOLVED IN HIM AND I HOPE TO SEE U IN THE FUTURE… BUT AS A FAN HERE IN KY, I WILL ALWAYS ROUTE FOR YA… BE SAFE, HAPPY TRAVELS AND KEEP WINNING…

    • Tinky

      Sandy –

      For future reference, there is a key on the left side of your keyboard that says “caps lock”. Try hitting it next time.

  • kyle

    Got no problem with Wise Dan. He’s my favorite horse since Zenyatta. Jerardi on the other hand….”this world we live in;” “everybody gets to express an opinion;” ” go ahead debate all you want, but your morons for doing so.” Anybody else read him that way? There’s a set of racing writers and commentators out there with this elitist (unearned and undeserved I hasten to add) attitude. They puzzle me. They take advantage of the Internet for distribution while at the same time decrying the feedback and interaction that’s part and parcel. I don’t get it

  • ziggypop

    Thank goodness someone said it. It has been troubling to see what little respect this horse gets. Seriously. All the early accolades for horses that have already disappeared is ridiculous. Last year, Stay Thirsty got no respect when other horses were dropping off like flies.

  • Jay

    As someone with whom we are all familiar once said, “Keep yourself in the best of company and your horse in the worst of company, and everything will be O.K.” This applies especially to geldings. Wise Dan is a beautifully managed horse.

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