Racing Post on Wise Dan: ‘Let Him Strut His Stuff on Dirt’
Even after another impressive victory over the weekend, yet another racing writer has joined the chorus of those wanting to see reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan compete on the main track.
In a recent article for the Racing Post, Sam Walker joins those hoping the gelding’s owner, Morton Fink, will change his mind and run ‘Dan’ in a Grade 1 on the dirt, instead of ‘sticking with what works.’
“U.S. turf racing is second tier. It doesn’t take a great horse to excel in that division and the situation is nothing like being the best miler in Europe or the best sprinter in Australia,” Walker writes.
He continues, “Being the best turf horse in America is like being the best harness, quarter horse or show pony. It’s commendable but largely irrelevant in racing circles unless you also happen to be top class on dirt.”
Wise Dan has proven that he is just as talented on not just turf, but also dirt and synthetic; however, he hasn’t been able to show how versatile he is since his races have been limited to eight to nine furlongs on the turf.
“Wise Dan is, as he was last year, potentially the best horse in the States on any surface. As such, it is his versatility that sets him apart. It is this feature that needs to be shown off,” Walker says.
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