Wise Dan has drawn post 5 in the 11-horse field going 1 1/16 miles.
Saratoga Springs, NY (SportsNetwork.com) -
Reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will make his much anticipated return to racing in Saturday's $250,000 Bernard Baruch Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Owned by Morton Fink, Wise Dan has drawn post 5 in the 11-horse field going 1 1/16 miles and will carry highweight of 127 pounds, including Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. The 3-5 morning line favorite, trained by Charlie LoPresti, has been away from competition since colic surgery on May 16.
"He's gotten back to where he was; he's dragging his rider around there," LoPresti said. "His works have been really good, and they've been basically not even asking him to do that. He's just been doing it in hand.
Pacific Classic gives Shared Belief star status
By Don Agriss, Horse Racing Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Not even the starting gate could have prevented Shared Belief from winning Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
The lightly raced 3-year-old gelding was going against older thoroughbreds for the first time in the 1 1/4-mile stakes but was still the heavy favorite versus nine of the best runners in the country.
Shared Belief, the 6-5 favorite, banged against the gate at the start and found himself and jockey Mike Smith racing off the pace that was set by defending Pacific Classic winner Game On Dude, the 5-2 second pick.