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Charlie Lopresti

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 Biography and Highlights:  
  • Born: Sept. 21, 1957 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Residence: Lexington, Ky.
  • Family: Wife Amy.
  • One year after longshot Turallure finished second by a nose in the Mile, Lopresti earned his first Breeders' Cup victory when Wise Dan proved a dominant winner of the Mile in 2012 ... Wise Dan, who had earned an automatic berrth with his win in the G1 Woodbine Mile, also became Lopresti's first champion when he swept the categories of Champion Turf Horse, Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year at the 2012 Eclipse Awards. 
  • Unlike most major trainers who relocate to various tracks throughout the year, LoPresti is based year-round at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In 2013, LoPresti deviated from his usual routine by taking a small string to Saratoga Race Course during the race meeting. The division was headlined by Wise Dan and his older graded stakes-winning half-brother Successful Dan.
  • Through Sept. 2, 2013, LoPresti has won 210 races with 1,336 starters that have earned more than $12-million.
  • LoPresti and Wise Dan’s owner Morton Fink have been criticized for not racing Wise Dan on dirt in 2013 and while LoPresti is open to the idea, he follows Fink’s wishes. “It would change the whole complexion if he won on dirt: We could consider the [Breeders’ Cup] Classic as well as the Mile,” LoPresti said in an Aug. 1, 2013 article in Daily Racing Form. “I’m pretty well comfortable going the same route as last year, but what if he started training like a monster on dirt? But if we go in a Grade 1 on the dirt and win, we look really smart; if we go out there and get him beat, they say, ‘Why did they do that?’ ”
  • LoPresti has enjoyed tremendous success with the injury-plagued Successful Dan, who has the same dam as Wise Dan. The seven-year-old gelding has raced just 15 times and has earned $998,154 through Sept. 2, 2013. Prior to Successful Dan’s third-place finish in the Woodward Stakes (G1) on Aug. 31, 2013, LoPresti said of Successful Dan “It would mean more to me (for him to win) probably than any race I’ve ever won. It would mean a great deal for me to see this horse win. He has a special place in all our hearts.”
  • Wise Dan and Here Comes Ben became Lopresti's first ever Breeders' Cup starters when they competed in the 2010 editions of the Sprint and Dirt Mile, respectively.
  • Obtained trainer's license in 1993.
  • LoPresti and his wife own 200-acre Forest Lane Farm in Lexington on the eastern fringe of Fayette County. Wise Dan spent several weeks at the farm after winning the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile. His vacation includes several hours in a grassy field.  
  • The LoPrestis’ farm focuses on lay-ups from the racetrack and handling the initial training of about a dozen yearlings each autumn. Graduates of their farm include 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic. The couple first met in 1978 when working together at Domino Stud.
  • Got into racing when he interviewed for a job with a Virginia Thoroughbred farm after seeing a “help wanted” ad in a trade publication, but the prospective employer instead recommended him for a position with trainer Joe Cantey at Belmont Park. Worked about two years for Cantey, best known as the conditioner of 1980 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Temperence Hill and first husband of TV racing commentator Charlsie Cantey.
  • With a goal of learning all phases of handling Thoroughbreds, Lopresti obtained a job at Domino Stud in Lexington in 1978 where he worked under renowned horseman Ted Carr. Lopresti then worked for about six years as assistant manager under Carr at Allen Paulson’s Brookside Farm in Lexington. Lopresti left to start developing Forest Lane, during which time he also served as trainer for Calumet Farm for whom he won four stakes races during a tenure of about six years.
  • When not at the track, Lopresti prefers horse activities especially team roping, a timed rodeo event in which two riders rope and tie calves. For vacation, Lopresti prefers assisting in cattle work such as branding at a friend’s Nevada ranch.

Breeders' Cup Record

2010Dirt MileHere Comes Ben11th
 SprintWise Dan6th
2012MileWise Dan1st

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