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Wise Dan Injury Healing Well

Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will begin tack-walking and is expected to undergo further evaluation in the next few weeks as to whether he will continue to progress toward a return to the track in 2015, reports bloodhorse.com. The Charlie LoPresti-trained 8YO gelding missed a run in the Breeders' Cup Mile, a race he won in 2013 and 2012, due to a non-displaced fracture at the bottom of the cannon bone of his right front fetlock. "We X-rayed him on Friday (Feb. 27) and the fracture is healing well," LoPresti said. "He's not in full training. He's 100% sound but the X-rays still show a little gray area, and that thing has to get dense and fill in the rest of the way. We'll take another set of X-rays in two to three weeks and if it looks okay we might start jogging him. This is the next step...and we're optimistic." However, LoPresti said his primary objective was on making sure Wise Dan returns to full health, even if it means he never races again. "The most important thing is that we get that injury to be 100%, and until it's 100% we can't go any further," LoPresti explained. "Mr. Fink (owner Morton Fink) is of the opinion that we do whatever we have to do to have that horse 100%, even if he never runs again, just so he'll have a perfect rest of his life." He added, " I'm not going to risk anything just to bring him back."

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