Wise Dan wins the Breeders' Cup Mile
Wise Dan wins the Breeders' Cup Mile

Click above to watch US Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1)

(Image : Washington Post - Footage : BC World Championships)

ECLIPSE AWARDS 2012

Gulfstream Park, Florida, USA

19 January 2013

Following a wildly successful 2012 campaign which saw him set two track records, win three Grade 1 races and record six consecutive triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, Morton Fink’s homebred gelding Wise Dan (Wiseman’s Ferry - Lisa Danielle, by Wolf Power {SAf}) was named America’s ‘Horse of the Year’ for 2012 at Saturday night’s Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park.

“It’s a good thing I have something to hold onto. What can I say?” deadpanned Fink, as he took the stage for the third time, having previously accepted the ‘Eclipse for Older Male’ and ‘Champion Turf Male’. “When you get to be my age, you need something to get up in the morning for and look forward to. This horse has made me so happy I can’t even express it in words.”

Brilliantly managed and brought along by trainer Charles Lopresti, Wise Dan posted a Beyer Speed Figure of 117 in winning the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes over the Keeneland Polytrack in April and won the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile ahead of his sensational score in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.

Wise Dan also took down top honors as ‘Champion Older Male’ and ‘Champion Turf Horse’, the first to sweep all three categories since John Henry in 1981. He is the first homebred horse of the year since Ghostzapper in 2004.

Wise Dan is back at work at Keeneland and is being readied for a 6-year-old campaign in 2013.

ECLIPSE AWARDS 2012

Champions

Award

Champion

2 Year Old Male

SHANGHAI BOBBY (Harlan’s Holiday)

2 Year Old Filly

BEHOLDER (Henny Hughes)

3 Year Old Male

I’LL HAVE ANOTHER (Flower Alley)

3 Year Old Filly

QUESTING (GB) (Hard Spun)

Older Male

WISE DAN (Wiseman’s Ferry)

Older Female

ROYAL DELTA (Empire Maker)

Male Sprinter

TRINNIBERG (Teuflesberg)

Female Sprinter

GROUPIE DOLL (Bowman’s Band)

Male Turf Horse

WISE DAN (Wiseman’s Ferry)

Female Turf Horse

ZAGORA (FR) (Green Tune)

Steeplechase Horse

PIERROT LUNAIRE (War Chant)

Owner

GODOLPHIN RACING LLC

Breeder

DARLEY

Jockey

RAMON DOMINGUEZ

Apprentice Jockey

JOSE MONTANO

Trainer

DALE ROMANS

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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