LEXINGTON, Ky. (Monday, January 5, 2015) – America’s Best Racing has released the seventh installment in their eight-part series of online videos promoting Wise Dan as “The Most Interesting Horse in the World.” The satirical commercial, available now on AmericasBestRacing.net, highlights the gelding’s uncanny ability to pick winners in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as well as his prowess tying cherry stems into knots with his tongue.
Wise Dan could win a third straight Horse of the Year title at this month’s 44th Annual Eclipse Awards, though he is widely considered a longshot for the honor given that his 2014 campaign was limited due to illness and injury. He is also a potential finalist in the Turf Male and Older Horse divisions.
The penultimate installment of “Wise Dan: The Most Interesting Horse in the World” can be accessed at: http://www.americasbestracing.net/the-latest/news-stories/2015/1/5/wise-dan-the-most-interesting-horse-in-the-world-no-7.
The video also is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc-R2mSgG9M.
The first half of the series was released last fall in advance of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, prior to the announcement that Wise Dan would miss the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury. The final videos are being released weekly, on Monday mornings, between now and the Jan. 17 Eclipse Awards.
A perfect four-for-four in 2014, with three of his wins coming in Grade I stakes, Wise Dan is one of several deserving candidates in a crowded Horse of the Year field that also includes Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, Breeders’ Cup Turf hero Main Sequence, multiple Grade I winner Shared Belief and Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff heroine Untapable.
Wise Dan, a 7-year-old gelding bred in Kentucky, has won 23 of his 31 career starts, accruing earnings of $7,552,920. Trained by Charlie LoPresti for owner and breeder Morton Fink, the veteran is likely to return to racing in 2015 as long as LoPresti deems him completely sound.
The Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group, are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Those awards are voted by NTRA, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB). Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.
Tickets to The Eclipse Awards ceremony are on sale for $400 each or $4,000 for a table of 10, also via Ravencraft. For reservations, please contact Michele Ravencraft of the NTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (859) 422-2657. For more information on The Eclipse Awards, visit ntra.com/eclipse-awards.