Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, KY, will host “Wise Dan Day” on Saturday, July 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at their farm at 1841 Paynes Depot Road.
The two-time Horse of the Year, multiple Eclipse winner, and two-time Breeders' Cup Champion will make a special ambassador appearance at the organization's main farm in support of aftercare, and will be available for fan meet-and-greets and photos.
Tickets are $15 per person. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Old Friends's main office at (502) 863-1775.
A homebred for Chicago businessman Morton Fink, Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry – Lisa Danielle, Wolf Power), had a formidable racing career that spanned five seasons. He won 19 graded stakes, 11 of them at the grade 1 level on dirt and turf, while racing from ages three to seven. His victories include multiple runnings of the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland and back-to-back wins in the Breeders' Cup Mile in 2012 and 2013.
Wise Dan earned Horse of the Year, champion grass horse, and champion older horse titles in 2012 and then again in 2013, and retired with earnings of $7,552,920.
In 2016 the chestnut gelding–who underwent colic surgery in 2014–was awarded the inaugural Rood & Riddle Comeback Award. The award given to an equine athlete who overcame a major health complication and returned to elite competition.
Now 12, Wise Dan is enjoying retirement at trainer Charlie and Amy LoPresti's Forest Lane Farm in Lexington.
“We are so thankful to Charlie and Amy LoPresti and owner Morton Fink and family for letting their wonderful horse spend a day here at Old Friends meeting his many adoring fans,” said Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen. “Wise Dan is one of racing's greatest champions, and it's an honor to welcome him. And how great is it to have the two-time winner of the Firecracker Handicap here on Fourth of July Weekend!”
For reservations or additional information contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or visit www.oldfriendsequine.org
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