Wise Dan Back in Action in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch
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Fri 29/08/2014 - 12:27 EDT
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will make his return to the races on Saturday at Saratoga in the 56th edition of $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap. The Grade 2 event will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth on the Mellon Turf Course.
Wise Dan, who underwent colic surgery thirteen days after winning the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1), is the morning line favorite at odds of 3-5. Trained by Charles Lopresti, the seven-year-old son of Wiseman’s Ferry is a homebred for owner Morton Fink and will break from post five under jockey John Velazquez. In addition to being the reigning Horse of the Year, he also took home the Eclipse Awards for champion older male and champion turf horse for the second consecutive year in 2013.
Boisterous and Bio Pro a formidable entry
Of the eight rivals entered on the turf to take on Wise Dan, Bio Pro and Boisterous are second choice on the morning line as an entry at odds of 5-1. Gary Barber outright owns the Todd Pletcher-trained Boisterous and owns Bio Prio as part of a partnership trained by Bill Mott. Boisterous will have Javier Castellano aboard and try to improve off of a fourth-place finish in the Bowling Green (G2) in July and earn his second win of the year. Bio Pro will have Jose Lezcano aboard.
Sayaad looking for first graded stakes triumph
Also in the field at odd of 6-1 on the morning line is Sayaad, a four-year-old son of Street Sense. Purchased for $450,000 as a weanling, the bay colt will have Jose Ortiz aboard carrying the blue and white colors of Shadwell Stable. Trained by Kieran McLaughlin, Sayaad is attempting to earn his sixth career victory and first graded stakes win. He was last seen finishing fifth after a troubled trip in the Fourstardave Handicap (G2).
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.