The Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will begin some gentle tack-walking over at Keeneland – (Home to the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Championship races) soon, but is still expected to undergo a further evaluation in two to three weeks as to whether he will continue a pace toward a return to the racing here in 2015, said his trainer Charlie LoPresti on March 2.
“He’s been bored at the farm; he’s been wanting to do something and he bounced off that van and said ‘OK, let’s go to work,'” LoPresti said.
“We X-rayed him on Friday (Feb. 27) and the fracture is healing well,” LoPresti said. “The inside looks great, but the outside edge of it needs to fill in some more. Dr. (Larry) Bramlage wants me to put the tack on him and start walking him to put some pressure on it and get some more bloodflow to it. We’ll take another set of X-rays in two to three weeks and if it looks okay we might start jogging him.”
“The most important thing is that we get that injury to be 100%, and until it’s 100% we can’t go any further,” LoPresti explained. “Mr. Fink is of the opinion that we do whatever we have to do to have that horse 100%, even if he never runs again, just so he’ll have a perfect rest of his life. If he’s 100% then he’ll resume full training. If he’s not, I want everybody to realize we will not go any further with him until that thing looks perfectly healed. I’m not going to risk anything just to bring him back.
“He’s not in full training. He’s 100% sound but the X-rays still show a little gray area, and that thing has to get dense and fill in the rest of the way. This is the next step, to get him back under tack, and we’re optimistic”, LoPresti said.
This is some heart-warming news for all us Wise Dan fans out here, as 1-mile turfing scene seems a bit empty without him since his sidelining, last fall! So cross your fingers racing fans for the swift return of “the Dan’ner” to the sod!
|The (“Wise Dan”) – “SCORE card”|
|Starts: 31 6 – Eclipse Awards – 2 of them H.O.Y.|
|Firsts: 23 2 – Breeders’ Cup Mile (T) wins|
|Seconds: 2 19 – Graded wins – 11, GI wins|
|Earnings: $7,552,920 – 13th best on the All-Time Earnings List|