04/12/2013 7:16PM

Wise Dan’s Maker’s 46 Mile score latest triumph for broodmare Lisa Danielle

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Wise Dan, who races as a homebred for Morton Fink, is one of three stakes winners out of Broodmare of the Year finalist Lisa Danielle.

At the 1995 Keeneland September yearling sale, agent Cecil Seaman, acting as agent for owner Morton Fink, signed the $29,000 ticket for a daughter of Wolf Power who would be named Lisa Danielle.

Just under two decades later, the purchase of that mare has paid dividends for Fink. Seven of Lisa Danielle's eight foals to race are winners - and, coming full circle, the prowess of that family was on full display at Keeneland Race Course on April 12.

Fink's most famed homebred, reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, powered to victory in his seasonal debut, turning back a challenge from Data Link to win the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile Stakes. The win came about half an hour after younger half brother Casino Dan finished a solid second in his season debut, a Keeneand allowance event. Meanwhile, another of Lisa Danielle's sons, multiple graded stakes winner Successful Dan, is gearing up for his season debut in next week's Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes.

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

The Maker's 46 Mile was the fifth consecutive win, and the eighth in the last nine starts, for Wise Dan, whose only blemish during that span was a head loss in the Stephen Foster Handicap. His four consecutive Grade 1 victories include a triumph in the Breeders' Cup Mile, which sealed his titles as Horse of the Year, champion older male, and champion turf male.

The versatile Wise Dan, a Grade 1 winner on both dirt and turf and a Grade 2 winner on synthetic, has sparkled at Keeneland. Half of his 10 career graded stakes victories have come at the track, on both turf and the Polytrack main course.

"It's pretty special," trainer Charlie LoPresti said of the local success. "Keeneland's our home. This is where we live and this is where we're stabled, so it's really special to me."

Wise Dan's return to the races came after more than five months on the sidelines after winning the Breeders' Cup Mile. LoPresti found similarities between the gelding's seasonal debut, and the 2012 Keeneland debut of Successful Dan, who gamely held sway by a length in an allowance optional claiming field that included several graded stakes winners.

"I think like his brother Successful Dan last year, his heart got him home," LoPresti said. "I didn't have him cranked as tight as I could, and these other horse had races under their belt. I was a little concerned turning for home that maybe he was going to get a little tired, but his class got him home. Data Link made a big run at him, but his class prevailed."

Successful Dan emerged from his Keeneland effort last year to win the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs, running 1 1/16 miles in a course record 1:41.04. It was the third career graded stakes victory for the Successful Appeal gelding, who is now preparing for his 2013 debut after injury derailed him last season.

Lisa Danielle is also the dam of stakes winner Our Royal Dancer, who went on to produce multiple group stakes placed Bailando Voy. The other four winners out of Lisa Danielle include the Mutakddim gelding Casino Dan, who on Friday finished a solid second in his first start since June 2012 in an allowance event.

Lisa Danielle, herself a winner on the track, is one of four finalists for Kentucky's Broodmare of the Year award, to be presented April 25. The mare is out of the unraced Secretariat mare Askmysecretary, a half sister to stakes placed Saquiace. Lisa Danielle 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 and an additional Group 2 winner in Panama; and to Mephista, dam of stakes placed Thisoneforyou.

Wise Dan is a son of Wiseman's Ferry, who stands at Dana Point Farm in Lenhartsville, Pa. The Hennessy horse could produce two champions from the same crop, as Grade 2 winner Riding the River is a finalist for 2012 Sovereign Award as Canada's champion male turf horse, to be presented April 19. His other top runners include Southern Hemisphere champions Wisemans Cure and Fallera Mayor.