Wise Dan

  • Jockey
    Jose Lezcano
  • Trainer
    Charles Lopresti
  • Owner
    Morton Fink
  • Breeder
    Morton Fink
  • Sire
    Wiseman's Ferry
  • Dam
    Lisa Danielle

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.

Previous Races

October 04, 2014Shadwell Turf Mile S.KEENELAND11
August 30, 2014Bernard Baruch H.SARATOGA21
May 03, 2014Woodford Reserve Turf Classic S.CHURCHILL DOWNS11
April 11, 2014Maker's 46 Mile S.KEENELAND11
November 02, 2013Breeders' Cup MileSANTA ANITA PARK11
October 05, 2013Shadwell Turf Mile S.KEENELAND12
September 15, 2013Ricoh Woodbine Mile S.WOODBINE11
August 10, 2013Fourstardave H.SARATOGA21
June 29, 2013Firecracker H.CHURCHILL DOWNS21
May 04, 2013Woodford Reserve Turf Classic S.CHURCHILL DOWNS11
April 12, 2013Maker's 46 Mile S.KEENELAND11
November 03, 2012Breeders' Cup MileSANTA ANITA PARK11
October 06, 2012Shadwell Turf Mile S.KEENELAND11
September 16, 2012Ricoh Woodbine Mile S.WOODBINE11
August 11, 2012Fourstardave H.SARATOGA21
June 16, 2012Stephen Foster H.CHURCHILL DOWNS12
April 22, 2012Ben Ali S.KEENELAND31
November 25, 2011Clark H.CHURCHILL DOWNS11
October 29, 2011Fayette S.KEENELAND21
October 08, 2011Shadwell Turf Mile S.KEENELAND14
No Replay
September 09, 2011Presque Isle Mile S.PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS 1
July 04, 2011Firecracker H.CHURCHILL DOWNS21
June 10, 2011 CHURCHILL DOWNS 4
May 06, 2011Alysheba S.CHURCHILL DOWNS38
April 16, 2011Commonwealth S.KEENELAND24
November 25, 2010 CHURCHILL DOWNS 1
November 06, 2010Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup SprintCHURCHILL DOWNS16
October 08, 2010Phoenix S.KEENELAND31
May 01, 2010 CHURCHILL DOWNS 1
No Replay
March 27, 2010 TURFWAY PARK 1
No Replay
February 26, 2010 TURFWAY PARK 5