On Espn.go.com, Wise Dan's trainer Charles Lopresti summarizes how tough the Breeders' Cup Mile will be for his horse, and what it will take to win it:
"It seems like he's won from every hole there is," Lopresti said of the post position. "I would have rather had probably 4-6 if I could get it, but I'm glad there's only nine horses in there. He's going to have to run the race of his life, I'll tell you, but then whoever wins the race will have run the race of their life. There's some really nice horses in there and you've got to consider all of them."
Lopresti is not exaggerating.
To put this into perspective, and the implications, which have an international flavor, you must first understand the quality of the two top horses in this race, Wise Dan and Excelebration (IRE).
According to the official Timeform world rankings, Frankel (GB) leads the way with 147, and Black Caviar (AUS) is second with 136.
Excelebration (IRE) is co-ranked third with Cirrus Des Aigles (FR) with 135 points, and Wise Dan is fifth with 134 points.
A win here by Wise Dan or Excelebration (IRE) could bump them all the way to second behind Frankel (GB). That should tell you that there will be fans worldwide with their eye on the race.
In America, Wise Dan could earn Horse of the Year honors, which validates the impressive run he's had this year.
But they are not the only two racing, the excellent filly Moonlight Cloud (GB), the speedster Obviously (IRE) and the returning winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom, head a field of challengers that make this field a stellar one that promises to deliver a thrilling race.