Wise Dan repeats as Breeders' Cup Mile winner
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan defended his title in the $2 million Mile, winning by three-quarters of a length.
With jockey Jose Lezcano a late replacement for injured John Velazquez, Wise Dan ran the distance on the turf in 1:32.47. He paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.20 as the 4-5 favorite on Saturday at Santa Anita.
A year ago, Wise Dan won by 1½ lengths with Velazquez aboard.
Za Approval returned $8.40 and $5.80.
Silentio was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $9 to show.
Lezcano took over on Wise Dan after Velazquez was thrown from his mount in the opening Breeders' Cup race, the Juvenile Fillies. He later underwent surgery to have his spleen removed.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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