LoPresti looking to avoid handicaps for Wise Dan next year
"I think his (Wise Dan) toughest race this year was at Churchill in the Firecracker," said LoPresti, of the one-mile turf race held on June 29. "For as little money as he ran for he had to carry the top weight of 128 pounds on a tough course.
"If I had it to do all over again, I probably would have brought him to Canada and run him in the King Edward. It was for more money and it wasn't a handicap race, so I'm going to reconsider what I do with him next year. I don't want to put weight on him if I don't have to. The race (at Woodbine) is a C$200,000 race as opposed to $150,000, without having to carry all the weight."
Carrying 128 pounds over yielding turf in the Firecracker Handicap ensured that the victorious Wise Dan would inevitably carry more weight next time out in the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, which the gelding won carrying an additional pound over a good turf.
"When we put that weight on him in the Firecracker, it set a precedent for the rest of the year and he had to carry more weight in the Fourstardave," LoPresti acknowledged. "We'll carry 126 pounds in the Woodbine Mile, and he won't be giving such a spread to the other horses. That's the biggest concern. It's not the weight, it's the spread."
Wise Dan breezed four furlongs in :48 1/5 Tuesday morning at Keeneland in his final tune up for the race.
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