09/10/2013 4:20PM

Lotka, Grade 1 winner and successful broodmare, dead at 30


Cindy Evans Photography/courtesy Our Mims Retirement HavenLotka

Lotka, a Grade 1 winner on the racetrack and a prolific broodmare, died Sept. 10 at Our Mims Retirement Haven in Paris, Ky., at age 30. The Danzig mare had been a resident at the facility, operated by Jeanne Mirabito, since 2008.

Lotka was bred and campaigned by the late Henryk de Kwiatkowski, whose Kennelot Stables was named after her dam. Lotka won 10 of 20 starts over three seasons, capturing eight stakes races. She posted a Grade 1 win in the 1986 Acorn Stakes at Belmont and also won the second running of the Grade 3 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Keeneland’s turf course. Lotka also placed in two Grade 1 stakes. She was trained by Hall of Famer Woody Stephens throughout her career.

As a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Stephan’s Odyssey and from the family of Cannonade and Halo, Lotka also proved to be successful as a broodmare. She produced nine winners from 11 foals to race, led by Grade/Group 3 winners Lotta Dancing and Mambo Twist and stakes winner Moonee Ponds. Lotta Dancing is the dam of Super Derby winner Fantasticat.

“We have had many great mares at [Our Mims], but none as full of life as Lotka,” Mirabito said. “She was magnificent, the heart of the farm. As crushed as I am at her passing, I was honored to be part of her life.”

The mare was buried in the retirement facility’s cemetery.

Alexandra Donner More than 1 year ago
Does anyone have pictures of her progeny, LOTTA DANCING?
Delrene Sims More than 1 year ago
Thank you Daily Racing Form for this obituary of amazing Lotka. I visited Our Mims last October and was so amazed and impressed for the care and love these fine mares receive at Our Mims. Jeanne is devoted. The word needs to get out to racing fans to help assist in their aftercare. Rest in peace dear Lotka. You were loved.
Jeanne Mirabito More than 1 year ago
Thank you for honoring this great mare. Lotka was simply amazing. The photo above was taken just this past July. As you can see, Lotka was incredible right up till her final days. If I had one wish it would be that the whole world could know what an aged horse has to offer.