Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan has rejoined trainer Charlie LoPresti's string at Keeneland, and has begun walking under tack, the Daily Racing Form reported Monday.
The 8-year-old gelding has been sidelined since suffering a non-displaced fracture to his right front cannon bone last October. Wise Dan will walk under tack for about three weeks; the exercise was prescribed by Dr. Larry Bramlage in order to put some pressure on the area of the injury and increase blood flow.
LoPresti told the DRF that the fracture line was healed, but there “is one gray area on the outside” that still needs improvement if the gelding is to resume training. Wise Dan's condition will be re-evaluated by Bramlage around April 1.
“In a perfect world, you might see this horse midsummer,” LoPresti said. “The biggest thing Mr. Fink and I want for him – whether he runs again or not – is that he heals 100 percent or 95 percent to where maybe he could be a lead pony someday. Obviously, the goal is to get him back, but we're not going to risk hurting him to prove a point.”
Read more in the Daily Racing Form
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