The Retirement of Wise Dan: What He Meant to Canadian Racing
Wise Dan was perfect on Canadian soil and to many he was considered the perfect racehorse – fast, brave and a graded stakes winner on three surfaces. The champion chestnut had an unquenchable will to win. Through 32 career starts, the versatile Morton Fink homebred, a son of Wiseman’s Ferry– Lisa Danielle, recorded an astounding 23 wins while banking in excess of $7.5 million. Before being coined a ‘Titan of the Turf’ by Woodbine track announcer Dan Loiselle, Wise Dan was a Polytrack phenom at Keeneland Raceourse for trainer Charles LoPresti. He notched his first added-money win on the Keeneland synthetic in the Grade 3 Phoenix Stakes, a six-furlong sprint, on Oct. 8, 2010, and successfully stretched out to nine furlongs to win the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes by a widening 10 1/2-lengths on April 22, 2012. In August of 2012, Wise Dan would move to the turf full-time…
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