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Wise Dan Back Home After Surgery
Dual US Horse of the Year Wise Dan arrived with a spring in his step at Charlie and Amy LoPresti's Forest Lane Farm near Lexington, seemingly none the worse after undergoing emergency colic surgery at nearby Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital last Friday, reports bloodhorse.com. Remarkably, the six-time Eclipse Award winner was full of energy and appeared to have lost little of his conditioning despite the 16 May scare. "I'd have thought this horse—what he's been through—he'd have lost 50 pounds," Charlie LoPresti said. "They took such good care of this horse; you couldn't imagine." Wise Dan, who weighed 1,195 pounds before his surgery for a twisted small intestine, weighs between 1,185 and 1,190 now, having lost only 5-10 pounds. "What happened was, basically, when they laid him down on the table and they turned him upside down to prep him, they think somewhere between the prep and when they went into surgery, that it righted itself and went back to where it needed to be," said LoPresti, who has trained the 7YO Wiseman's Ferry gelding to 10 Gr1 wins. "As far as colic goes, it was the best case scenario; they just opened him up and sewed him back up." Wise Dan is expected to return to light training by 6 June, and could be back jogging 5-6 weeks from the surgery date. Below is is 2013 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile win.