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Talkin’ Horses with Charlie Lopresti
Charlie Lopresti, the trainer of exciting Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Wise Dan, was the guest on Blood-Horse.com’s popular podcast Talkin’ Horses on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
A multiple grade I winner, Wise Dan put himself squarely in the Horse of the Year picture with his Breeders’ Cup run, accomplished in course-record time over 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom.
Lopresti, 55, is based year-round at Keeneland Racecourse and operates the 200-acre Forest Lane Farm in Lexington along with his wife, Amy. The couple, who have a solid reputation for breaking and training of yearlings before they go to the track, met when they both worked at Domino Stud, where Lopresti worked under top horseman Ted Carr. The trainer also worked with Carr at Allen Paulson’s Brookside Farm and was trainer for Calumet Farm for about six years when it was owned by the de Kwiatkowski family.
In addition to Wise Dan, among the other top horses conditioned by Lopresti have been Successful Dan, a grade II-winning half brother to Wise Dan, and grade I winner Turallure.