02/13/2013 2:25PM

Lisa Danielle among Broodmare of the Year finalists


Lisa Danielle, dam of Horse of the Year Wise Dan, is among the four finalists for Kentucky's Broodmare of the Year.

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) announced the nominations for the Kentucky-bred champions program on Wednesday. Traditionally voted on by the board of directors, voting has been opened to all eligible KTA/KTOB members. Voting runs through Feb. 15, with winners to be honored at the KTOB's awards luncheon on April 25 at Keeneland in Lexington.

Joining Lisa Danielle among the Broodmare of the Year nominees are Leslie's Lady, who also produced an Eclipse Award champion in 2012, and multiple Grade 1 producers Mining My Own and Matlacha Pass.

Lisa Danielle, a 19-year-old winning Wolf Power mare, is the dam of seven winners from eight starters. Her son Wise Dan, a Wiseman's Ferry gelding who runs as a homebred for Morton Fink, won five of his six starts in 2012 to earn honors as Horse of the Year, champion older male and champion turf male. He ended the season with three consecutive Grade 1 triumphs, taking the Woodbine Mile, Shadwell Turf Mile, and Breeders' Cup Mile. In the latter, he established a course record at Santa Anita. Wise Dan was also a graded stakes winner on Polytrack at Keeneland, establishing a track record in the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes, and finished a close second in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on dirt.

Lisa Danielle was also represented on the track last year by Successful Dan, who returned from a layoff of over a year to capture two of his three starts, including a track record-setting performance in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs. He also finished second to eventual Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned in the Grade 3 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap. Lisa Danielle is also the dam of stakes winner Our Royal Dancer.

Wise Dan and dual classic winner I'll Have Another are the finalists for the award as Kentucky-bred Horse of the Year. Wise Dan is also a finalist for champion handicap horse and champion turf male.

Leslie's Lady was represented on the track last year by Beholder, who capped her season with an authoritative triumph in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies to earn the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old female. The Henny Hughes filly is a finalist for the corresponding Kentucky-bred award.

The 17-year-old stakes-winning Tricky Creek mare is also the dam of Grade 1 winner Into Mischief, who finished his first season at stud ranked among the leading freshman sires of 2012.

Matlacha Pass is the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Point of Entry, who is a finalist for Kentucky's champion turf male. The Dynaformer horse captured the Man O' War Stakes, Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes in 2012 before running a troubled second in the Breeders' Cup Turf. He recently scored his fourth Grade 1 triumph, defeating 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Feb. 9.

Matlacha Pass, dam of four winners from five starters, also produced Pine Island, a multiple Grade 1 winner in 2006; and stakes winner Chili Cat. The 16-year-old Seeking the Gold mare is from a standout Phipps family that has also produced champion Sky Beauty and Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Pleasant Home.

Mining My Own got off to a quick start as a broodmare, as her first foal was 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. The Birdstone gelding, winner of the 2008 Sovereign Award as Canada's top 2-year-old male, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Kentucky Derby history as a 3-year-old; he went on to finish second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes.

The unraced 12-year-old Smart Strike mare was represented on the track last year by multiple Grade 1 winner Dullahan, who captured the Blue Grass Stakes in the spring before defeating older horses in the Pacific Classic Stakes in August, establishing a course record at Del Mar. The Even the Score colt, a Grade 1 winner as a juvenile, was also graded stakes-placed on both turf and dirt, including a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Dullahan is a finalist for Kentucky's champion 3-year-old male. 

Mining My Own is also the dam of stakes winner Brother Bird, making all three of her starters stakes winners.

The complete list of finalists for the Kentucky-bred champions:

Broodmare of the Year: Leslie’s Lady, Lisa Danielle, Matlacha Pass, Mining My Own
Horse of the Year: I’ll Have Another, Wise Dan
2-year-old colt: George Vancouver, Joha, Power Broker, Shanghai Bobby
2-year-old filly: Beholder, Dreaming of Julia, Executiveprivilege, Pure Fun
3-year-old colt: Alpha, Dullahan, I’ll Have Another, Union Rags
3-year-old filly: Believe You Can, Contested, In Lingerie, Lady of Shamrock
Handicap horse: Fort Larned, Game On Dude, Shackleford, Wise Dan
Handicap mare: Groupie Doll, Include Me Out, Love and Pride, Royal Delta
Male turf horse: Point of Entry, Wise Dan
Female turf horse: Lady of Shamrock, Tapitsfly
Sprinter: Groupie Doll, Mizdirection, Trinniberg
Steeplechase: Demonstrative, Pierrot Lunaire
Racing abroad: Certify, Elusive Kate, Portus Blendium (races as California Memory)