Wise Dan stalked a strong early pace set by long shots Artic Fern and Worthaad (IRE), powered by the leaders at the top of the stretch on the inside, and rolled home to win the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile under a hand-ride by jockey Johnny Velazquez. With the win in the Woodbine Mile, Wise Dan has secured a spot in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita Park on November 3rd. Hunters Bay finished second while European raider Cityscape (GB) rounded out the trifecta after a wide trip off the turn.
Wise Dan took a lot of action from the crowd as soon as the betting opened following race 9. He was bet down from his morning line odds of 6/5 to 1/2 and then hovered between 1/2 and 3/5 for much of the run-up to the race. He went to post at 1/2/
The Woodbine Mile is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" series. The winner of a Breeders' Cup Challenge race receives a spot in the starting gate at the Breeders' Cup, a waiver of entry fees, and a travel allowance. Given the strength of his last two victories, Wise Dan will certainly be one of the betting favorites at the Breeders' Cup Mile, if not the favorite.
Below are the results and payouts of the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.
WIN: 3-Wise Dan ($3.10, $2.70, $2.10)
PLACE: 6-Hunters Bay ($6.30, $4.40)
SHOW: 7-Cityscape (GB) ($2.90)
$1.00 EXACTA: $13.65
$1.00 TRIFECTA: $65.50
$0.20 SUPERFECTA: $52.56
$0.20 PICK 3: $6.95