04/25/2013 1:39PM

Lisa Danielle, dam of Wise Dan, earns Broodmare of the Year honors


The month of April has been a productive one for the broodmare Lisa Danielle.

On April 12, her son Wise Dan, the reigning Horse of the Year, scored his fifth consecutive win in taking his season debut, the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland Race Course. The win came about half an hour after another of the mare's offspring, Casino Dan, finished second in an allowance event in his first start since June of last year. Nine days later, another half-brother, multiple graded stakes winner Successful Dan, returned from a layoff of nearly 10 months to win the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland—the same event Wise Dan had set a track record in the year before.

"It’s a great family," said Charlie LoPresti, who trains all these runners for owner-breeder Morton Fink. "I wish we had ten mares like Lisa Danielle and I got to train all the babies out of them. My job would probably be real easy."

Lisa Danielle capped the outstanding month with another feather in her cap, as she was honored with the Broodmare of the Year award by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) on April 25.

The award—which has been presented since 1946—was voted on by all eligible KTA/KTOB members as part of the Kentucky-bred champions program, presented at an annual awards luncheon at Keeneland in Lexington. Lisa Danielle prevailed in the voting against three other finalists—Leslie's Lady, dam of champion juvenile filly Beholder and young sire Into Mischief; Mining My Own, dam of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and multiple Grade 1 winner Dullahan; and Matlacha Pass, dam of multiple Grade 1 winners Point of Entry and Pine Island. 

Wise Dan was honored as Kentucky's Horse of the Year, champion handicap horse, and champion turf horse at the awards program.

Lisa Danielle, a daughter of Wolf Power, was bred in Illinois by Triple C Thorostock. Cecil Seaman, acting as agent for Fink, went to $29,000 to acquire her at the 1995 Keeneland September yearling sale.

A winner on the track, the mare has now produced seven winners from eight to start. Her offspring won eight of their 13 combined starts during her championship season in 2012, including six graded stakes victories, and only missed the board once; their combined earnings totaled $2,949,080.

"It's very special," Fink said of watching his homebreds succeed on the track.

The 2012 season for Lisa Danielle was highlighted by Wise Dan, who won five of his six starts on the year to earn honors as Horse of the Year, champion older male and champion turf male. The Wiseman's Ferry gelding 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 Park. Wise Dan was also a graded stakes winner on Polytrack at Keeneland, establishing a track record in the Ben Ali, and finished a close second in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on dirt at Churchill Downs.

Successful Dan returned from a layoff of well over a year to win two of his three starts in 2012, including a track record-setting performance in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Successful Appeal gelding also finished second to eventual Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned in the Grade 3 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap before injury again sent him to the sidelines.

With Wise Dan and Successful Dan both posting impressive triumphs in their season debuts, Fink and LoPresti will now face the challenge of keeping the two homebred stars apart as the season progresses.

"I really don’t want to run them against each other," LoPresti said. "Sometime it might happen, but I hope I won’t have to do that."

Lisa Danielle is also the dam of stakes winner Our Royal Dancer, by Roy, who went on to produce multiple group stakes-placed Bailando Voy.

Lisa Danielle, out of the unraced Secretariat mare Askmysecretary, is a half-sister to Grade 1-placed Carsona, dam of Grade 2 winner Siphon City and Grade 3-placed Bronx City Girl; to Sunup, dam of two champions in Panama; and to Mephista, dam of stakes-placed Thisoneforyou.

Askmysecretary is a half-sister to stakes-placed Saquiace, whose offspring include Sky Dancing, who produced Group 1 winner Scalo and was named Germany's Broodmare of the Year. It is also the family of French champion and leading sire Val De Loir; Irish champion filly Valoris II; French champion Roi Lear; and Grade or Group 1 winners Vilagro, Atticus, Dubai Surprise, and Cudas.

2012 Kentucky-bred champions and their breeders:

Broodmare of the Year: Lisa Danielle
Horse of the Year, handicap horse, turf male: Wise Dan (Morton Fink)
2-year-old colt: Shanghai Bobby (Stonehaven Steadings)
2-year-old filly: Beholder (Clarkland Farm)
3-year-old colt: I'll Have Another (Harvey Clarke)
3-year-old filly: Believe You Can (Brereton C. Jones)
Handicap mare: Royal Delta (Palides Investments, N.V., Inc.)
Turf female: Tapitsfly (Frank L. Jones, Jr.)
Sprinter: Groupie Doll (Fred Bradley and William Bradley)
Steeplechase: Demonstrative (Gainsborough Farm LLC)
Racing aboard: Certify (Hurstland Farm Inc., William Kartozian, & Darley)

2012 Merit awards:

P.A.B. Widener Trophy for KTOB Breeder of the Year: Brereton C. Jones
Hardboot Breeder Award: Fred F. Bradley
Charles W. Engelhard Award: G.D. Hieronymus
W.T. Young Humanitarian Award: Josephine Abercrombie

2012 Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) leaders:


KTDF Sire of the Year: Distorted Humor (WinStar Farm)
KTDF Earner of the Year: Cheery (Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider)
KTDF Owner of the Year: Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
KTDF Trainer of the Year: Michael Maker
KTDF Breeder of the Year: Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider