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Winner Wise Dan Unstoppable

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Wise Dan at Saratoga Race Course.
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Winner Wise Dan Unstoppable: 2012 Horse of The Year Wise Dan won the 2013 Fourstardave Handicap today carrying 129 pounds at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Today was Wise Dan’s 2nd Fourstardave win and the six-year-old’s 17th win out of 24 career starts.

Wise Dan and King Kressa, who finished 2nd in today’s Fourstardave, were neck and neck alongside Lea up until the final stretch. Wise Dan ultimately beat the field by 1 ¼ lengths resulting in the gelding’s 17th victory to date.

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was on the mount for the Fourstardave victory and said, “I’ll tell you, he’s amazing. All the weight they put on him and he’s still running the same way he’s always done it. Come back race after race and show up the way he did it today, it’s incredible.”

Wise Dan is owned by Morton Fink and trained by Charles LoPresti who stated, “I think it showed everybody what kind of horse he was. With the weight on his back and the fractions up front, they went slow the first quarter. That horse, King Kreesa, ran a great race. He just gunned them down and he showed everybody under adversity he can still run the way we think he can.”

As far as Wise Dan’s future Charles LoPresti stated, “We’re just going to let the horse tell us. As Mr. Fink always says ‘one race at a time.’ We’ll see how he comes out. If he comes out good maybe Woodbine, maybe wait till Kentucky Derby. We’ll just let him tell us.”

Lady and The Track would like to congratulate Charles LoPresti, Morton Fink, John Velazquez, Wise Dan, and all the fans who stood behind Dan today!

2013 Fourstardave Results & Payouts:
1 Wise Dan $2.80 to Win/$2.30 to Place/$2.10 to Show
6 King Kressa $3.80 to Place/$2.50 to Show
7 Lea $2.40 to Show
4 Mr. Commons
5 Willyconker
2 Skyring

Fourstardave 2013 Replay: