Two time Horse of the Year Wise Dan was able to be hand grazed at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital on Sunday, two days after undergoing emergency colic surgery.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti said the 7-year-old champion gelding “looks super” after having a small section of his small intestine that flipped surgically repaired on Friday by Dr. Scott Hopper.
“He’s doing great, I was allowed to take him out for 15 minutes of grass,” LoPresti said Sunday morning. “He’s very normal, very bright. We’re never out of the woods with something like this but I would say he’s really good. He was pushing us around, he was real strong. He hasn’t lost any of his conditioning.”
LoPresti said that Wise Dan could be released in about 2-3 days where he will recovery either at his Keeneland-based barn or LoPresti’s Lexington farm. Barring any setbacks, Morton Fink’s homebred gelding could resume walking under tack in four weeks and return to jogging by 5-6 weeks in preparation for a return to racing.
“Our big concern is making sure he doesn’t lose too much conditioning but we don’t want to push it either,” LoPresti said. “He’s an amazing animal to go through what he’s gone through an act as good as he does.”
Wise Dan most recently captured the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic by a nose at Churchill Downs on May 3 after opening his 2014 campaign with a victory in the Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland in April. A two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, the chestnut gelding has won 21 of 29 career starts, including ten Grade I triumphs, and amassed career earnings of $6,802,920 to date.