BY JOHN WILKINSON— Wise Dan, a two time Horse of the Year and perennial fan favorite, has been retired, his trainer Charlie LoPresti announced.
The 8-year-old gelding, who has not raced in over 10 months due to a cannon bone injury, was slated to make his comeback in the Grade I Woodbine Mile.
“He’d been training lights out. But, we noticed some filling in his tendon this morning when we were giving him a bath,” said trainer Charlie LoPresti. “The vet suggested we scan it and it turns out he has a tear on the outside edge of his tendon.”
To say he’s had a good run would be underselling this future Hall of Famer. The chestnut gelding owned and bred by Morton Fink won 23 of his 31 career starts, with over $7.5 million in career earnings.
He won graded stakes on turf, dirt and synthetic surfaces, from 6 furlongs to a mile and 1/8. In an era coddling well-bred breeding stock, Wise Dan was a classic warrior who hated to lose and fired every time.
“Mr. 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,” said LoPresti. “I expect he’ll retire to our farm here in Kentucky. He’ll be turned out with his brother Successful Dan.”
It’s been a helluva run. Happy retirement.
About the author:
John Wilkinson, the managing editor of Horse Collaborative, grew up on a Kentucky horse farm with dreams of being a jockey. But his devotion to food and pesky growth spurts ended his racing career before it ever got started. While Thoroughbreds are his passion, he believes that all equines are created equal.