Wise Dan Week, Part 1: The 2013 Firecracker Handicap

Wise Dan Week, Part 1: The 2013 Firecracker Handicap

Breeders’ Cup Photo

In celebration of Wise Dan’s remarkable career, I will be posting the replays of some of his best races during the next week. We’ll start off with the 2013 Firecracker Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, in which Wise Dan rallied through a heavy rainstorm and a tiny opening along the rail to win by two lengths over future Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Lea. Almost as remarkable as his gritty rally up the rail was the weight that he carried to victory–128 pounds, 11 to 13 pounds more than his rivals. What a performance!

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J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin’s quest to become North America’s richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the Bloodhorse.com blog Unlocking Winners.

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