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Monday, April 23 2012

Wise Dan Rockets to Victory in the Ben Ali

LEXINGTON, KY (April 22, 2012) – There was no stopping M-orton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan, who broke Keeneland’s 1 1/8-mile track record while scoring a 10 1/2-length win in the 82nd running of the $150,000 Ben Ali (G3) before a crowd of 16,068 on Sunday. With the victory, worth $90,000, the 5-year-old Wise Dan also became a millionaire.

The 4-5 favorite in his first start since winning the Clark (G1) at Churchill Downs in November, Wise Dan broke from post 6 and pulled jockey John Velazquez to the lead after the first quarter-mile of the race for 4-year-olds and older horses. The gelding was never challenged as he widened his lead at every call. His time of 1:46.63 bested Carriage Trail’s track record of 1:46.77 set in 2008 and Midway Road’s stakes record of 1:46.78 from 2004.

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