Wise Dan on the right track
The HOY goes for greatness, or would you rather see Fred Astaire at the piano?
In the movie Let's Dance, in what would prove to be a rare moment, Fred Astaire briefly plays a piano. That's actually him playing, not a surrogate, for he was in fact an excellent musician. He could play the accordion, too, and the clarinet. But in his 31 musical films he's rarely seen playing anything because what would have been the point? He was an incomparable dancer. Given the choice, audiences preferred his dancing to his anything else, and so does posterity. It's as a dancer that he'll forever be remembered.Perhaps we should keep that in mind when, in our advisory mode, we urge a move to the dirt for Wise Dan or when, in an Aladdin fantasy, we wish the reigning Horse of the Year would aim for the Arlington Million or the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Remaining on the turf and at a mile, Wise Dan returns to Saratoga Saturday in the Fourstardave Handicap.