Submitted by Jerry Antonucci on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Wise Dan heads home to continue recovery
Less than a week after giving the racing world a scare as he underwent emergency colic surgery, reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan returned home Wednesday to continue his recovery.
Wise Dan arrived at trainer Charlie LoPresti’s Forest Lane Farm near Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday afternoon after being released from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. The 7-year-old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding will continue his recovery in those familiar surroundings. He typically returns to Forest Lane for a freshening at the end of each racing season.
Barring complications, Wise Dan could begin walking under tack in roughly four weeks and could progress to lighter training a few weeks later. The horse has won 21 races from 29 starts and earned more than $6.8 million for owner and breeder Morton Fink. He is 2 for 2 this year, winning the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile and the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.
Wise Dan underwent surgery to repair a flipped section of his small intestine at Rood & Riddle the morning of May 16 after becoming uncomfortable following a routine gallop at Keeneland. The problem was caught early, and the procedure was relatively uncomplicated, not requiring a resection. The gelding came through the days immediately following his surgery with no reported complications.