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Wise Dan wins second straight Breeders Cup Mile

Nov. 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

ARCADIA, Calif., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Wise Dan scored a gritty victory in Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile, raising hopes for a second straight Horse of the Year title.

Wise Dan raced farther back than usual through the early stages of the race and advanced quickly around the turn.

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Za Approval took the lead early in the stretch run and ran on strongly but Wise Dan ranged up on his outside to win by a length, notching his second straight win in the Mile. Silentio was a long shot third and Za Approval faded to finish fourth.

European hopes Olympic Glory and Cristoforo Colombo were never factors as the mile race on firm turf went in 1:32.47.

Jose Lezcano rode the winner, subbing for regular rider John Velazquez, who was injured in a spill earlier on Saturday's card.

Wise Dan took U.S. Horse of the Year honors last year with a victory over Animal Kingdom in the Mile. That race came amid a nine-race victory skein that was broken last month as he succumbed to Silver Max in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. Silver Max finished fourth in Saturday's race.

Owner Morton Fink said he is not considering retiring the 6-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding. "As long as he goes, I'll go with him," Fink said.

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