February 2015 Issue - page 6

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February 2015
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
Big Horses
Bring High
Hopes for 2015
break between races that Motion
utilized when Animal Kingdom
won the 2012 World Cup.
Two-time Horse of the Year
Wise Dan is expected back this
year, his sixth season of racing.
The 8-year old gelding has been
recovering from a right-front
leg fracture. Trained by Charlie
Lopresti and owned by Morton
Fink, Wise Dan was four-for-four
in 2014 with victories in Chur-
chill Downs' Woodford Reserve
Turf Classic, Keeneland's Maker's
46 Mile, Saratoga's Bernard Ba-
ruch Handicap, and the Shadwell
Turf Mile, also at Keeneland.
Wise Dan suffered a colic
scare last May and had a minor
non-displaced fracture at the
bottom of the cannon bone of
his right front fetlock that didn't
require surgery. The injury was
discovered about a month before
the BC, where Wise Dan was
expected to defend his Mile Turf
crown. Wise Dan hasn’t lost a
turf race since Oct. 8, 2011 when
he finished fourth in the Shadwell
Turf Mile. He has only lost two
races-- one on dirt and one on
Polytrack-- since that race.
The winner of the 2013 Ken-
tucky Oaks, Mother Goose Stakes
and Cotillion Stakes, Untapable
scored an impressive victory in
the $2 million Breeders’ Cup
Distaff. Her only loss in 2013
came against colts in the Haskell
Invitational. Untapable was ex-
pected to earn the Eclipse Award
for three-year old filly champion-
ship on January 17. Trainer Todd
Pletcher has not determined her
first race in 2015, but is looking
at a late March return.
Palace Malice and Toast of
New York are two others to keep
an eye on this year. The winner of
the 2013 Belmont Stakes, 5-year
old Palace Malice won his first
four starts in 2014 before being
beaten in the Whitney Stakes.
In September he was diagnosed
with a bad bone bruise and was
retired. However, when the injury
healed a few months later Palace
Malice was unretired by his own-
ers, Dogwood Racing and Three
Chimneys Stud farm. Trainer
Todd Pletcher has indicated the
horse's first start will be in the
Westchester Stakes on May 2 and
that he will make an additional
four starts, culminating with the
Breeders’ Cup Classic held this
year at Keeneland.
In 2014, Toast of New
crushed 11 rivals in the $2 mil-
lion UAE Derby in Dubai in late
March and finished runner-up
in the Pacific Classic. Toast of
New York's best performance
was in the $5 million Breeders’
Cup Classic where he wound
up second by a nose to Bayern.
The colt was purchased for just
$35,000 as a yearling at the
January Keeneland sale in 2012.
His bankroll now stands at over
$2.3 million. Toast of New York
is trained by former jumps racing
jockey Jamie Osborne who re-
tired from riding in 2000. Though
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