Wise Dan is one of the exceptionally versatile horses in the modern horse-racing world. Being a fast race, things change dramatically, including the horses. Perhaps this explains why we can remember all the famous races such as the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont, the Preakness, the Breeder’s cup, among other big name races, but not horses. It is difficult to find horses that can run hundred times like they used to do in the 1990s.
These days, horses are taken to the breeding centers when they are barely in their 4th birthday. Maybe it is because the American breeders have become so greedy. That is why we are seeing horses come and go at a rapid rate. Apart from that, we are seeing less and less agile horses that can run in a variety of surfaces for longer. Even the thorough bred is not what it used to be. So longevity is increasingly becoming rare. Years back, we used to have horses like Kelso, Citation and John Henry. But what happened to such kinds of horses? We no long see them. What we have is completely different breed.
However, all is not gloom and doom because we have one horse that has gained a lot of popularity and that horse is called Wise Dan. You must have heard about Wise Dan if you are a horse fan and the many battles he has won. This is the horse that has won titles on synthetic, dirt and past mile. You surely could not ask more from Wise Dan, especially given the fact that hardly any other horse comes close it. Give credit where it is due, not many horses can adopt to a variety of surfaces. Most horse prefer dirt only, turf only, or synthetic only. This is exactly what makes Wise Dan special because it can win on any surface.
Next time you hear someone saying, “try something new with Wise Dan, like sending him more than a mile or Dirt” please inform the person that Wise Dan has won the 2011 Clark Handicap which was done on Dirt. He also won the 2011 Fayette Stakes, which was done on synthetics. It goes without saying that Wise Dan is a 2-time horse of the year, feat not many horses can achieve.
If you can remember, Wise Dan, which was bred and owned by Morton Fink, had to undergo surgery on May 16 after developing colic following a normal sprint. Many people predicted that this could mark the end of the horse career. However, the good news is that its trainer, Charlie LoPresti, says that Wise Dan we return to competitive racing, starting with this month’s Baruch Handicap race where it stands to win $250,000.
The 7-year old Wise Dan’s impressive career spans 4 years. During that time, it has earned $6,802,920 in prize money with 10 grade 1 victories and 21 wins. It is going to take quite sometimes before we see another horse at the same level as Wise Dan.