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Wise Dan Confirmed For Baruch

Friday, 29th August 2014

Champion Eclipse Award-winning US galloper Wise Dan will make his long awaited return to racing in the US$250,000 Gr2 Bernard Baruch Handicap (9 furlongs) at Saratoga racecourse on Saturday, reports bloodhorse.com. Trainer Charlie LoPresti says the two-time US Horse of the Year, who will be having his first start since undergoing colic surgery in May, was finally ready to run after months of gradually building up his fitness. "I wanted to bring him along slow, so I did that, and this gave me a little bit more time," LoPresti said. "He's ready to run and I don't want to sit around and not run him here and take him back to Kentucky and have to go back to Woodbine (for the Woodbine Mile on 14 Sept), so my goal is to run here." Many wonder if Wise Dan will be able to reproduce his brilliant form of the past two seasons after four months of post-surgery recuperation, but LoPresti is optimistic. "Everybody tells me that it shouldn't affect him, what happened to him, and I don't think it's affected him, but you don't know that until you run," he said. Wise Dan has had seven works since the operation, the past six at Saratoga, and LoPresti is confident he is back to his old self. "Any kind of colic surgery is colic surgery, so you have to be concerned about that. But he is ready to run; he's very good right now, his last three works have indicated that. I think he's back to himself again," he said. LoPresti says he won't be disappointed if Wise Dan does not win on Saturday, as long as he shows he is on track for his big end of year targets. "If he's lucky enough to win, fine, but if it sets him up for the Shadwell and the Breeders' Cup, I'm OK with that, too."

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