In the words of his trainer Charles LoPresti, Wise Dan is a pretty special horse who loves to run. Bred by his owner Morton Fink, this 5-year-old chestnut gelded son of Wiseman's Ferry had very special years in 2012 and 2013, winning 10 graded stakes races on dirt and turf in Kentucky, New York, Canada and finally in California, where he won back to back editions of the Breeders’ Cup Mile. In 2012, under John Velazquez,, Wise Dan unleashed his full power in mid-stretch to pass leader Obviously to win by 1 1/2 lengths in course record time of 1:31.78.
Wise Dan's achievements were so widely recognized in 2012, that he was voted Champion Male Turf Horse, Champion Older Male and the Horse of the Year, a trio of awards which had not been won in one year since John Henry did it in 1981.
In 2013, as a 6-year-old, he won five stakes in a row on turf before losing the Shadwell Mile on Polytrack at Keeneland. Back on turf to defend his Mile title at Santa Anita as the 4-5 favorite, Wise Dan, ridden by Jose Lezcano, replacing the injured Velazquez, rallied behind horses on the far turn and wore down the Obviously and Za Approval in deep stretch to win by three-quarters of length. Wise Dan joined Miesque, Lure, Da Hoss and Goldikova as repeat Mile winners. Wise Dan repeated as Horse of the Year, and Champion Turf Horse and Older Male of 2013.