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Wise Dan Retired

Tuesday, 8th September 2015

Two-time US Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry-Lisa Danielle, by Wolf Power) has been retired after trainer Charles LoPresti noticed some filling in the horse's tendon on Monday morning, reports Blood Horse. The 8YO gelding was scheduled to make his comeback from injury in the US$1 million Gr1 Woodbine Mile in Canada on Sunday. "We're not sure how it happened. We were four days away from shipping up to Woodbine and he had trained like a monster this morning. He never took a bad step, it was just something I noticed while giving him a bath," said LoPresti. "The vet suggested we scan it and it turns out he has a tear on the outside edge of his tendon." He added: "Mr Fink [owner Mort Fink] and I talked about it and we've all decided he should be retired at this age. There's no point trying to bring him back again. I expect he'll retire to our farm here in Kentucky. He'll be turned out with his brother Successful Dan." LoPresti and Fink had been hoping that Wise Dan could win a third Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland in October. "We were trying to get to the Breeders' Cup and we thought Woodbine was the perfect place to get started," he said. "We were so excited about coming, but it wasn't meant to be." Wise Dan retires with the remarkable record of 23 wins, including 11 Gr1s, from 31 starts for US$7,552,920 in prize money.

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