Morton Fink’s Lisa Danielle, dam of reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, was honored as Kentucky’s Broodmare of the Year for 2012, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) announced on Thursday.
Wise Dan won five of six starts in 2012 including three consecutive Grade I races on the turf to close out his championship season. The 6-year-old gelded son of Wiseman’s Ferry ended his season by winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile in course-record time en route to earning Eclipse Awards for Horse of the Year, champion older male and champion turf male – the first horse since John Henry in 1981 to sweep all three of those honors.
In addition to producing Wise Dan, Lisa Danielle is also the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Successful Dan. Before being sidelined with a reoccurring suspensory injury while prepping for a start in the Grade I Whitney last July, the 7-year-old Successful Appeal won the Grade II Alysheba Stakes over the likes of eventual Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned in a track record time of 1:41.04 for 1 1/16-miles at Churchill Downs last May.
“They’re a great family, I wish we had like 10 mares like Lisa Danielle and we got to train all the babies out of them,” said trainer Charlie LoPresti, who conditions both Wise Dan and Successful Dan. “My job would be really easy. She’s just a great mare, for one mare to have that many horses like that.”
By Wolf Power, Lisa Danielle is the lone broodmare owned by Morton Fink. The 19-year-old chestnut mare has thrown seven winners from eight starters.
Wise Dan himself was also honored during the annual Kentucky-Bred Champions Awards Luncheon as he was was named Kentucky-bred Horse of the Year, Handicap Horse and Turf Horse Male. On April 12, the chestnut gelding opened his 2013 campaign by winning the Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland.
Other honors went to Shanghai Bobby (Two-Year-Old Colt), Beholder (Two-Year-Old Filly), I’ll Have Another (Three-Year-Old Colt), Believe You Can (Three-Year-Old Filly), Royal Delta (Handicap Mare), Groupie Doll (Sprinter), Tapitsfly (Turf Horse Female), Demonstrative (Steeplechase) and Certify (Racing Abroad).
Fred Bradley, co-breeder and -owner of Groupie Doll, received the Hardboot Breeders Award.
Also honored was G.D. Hieronymus, Keeneland’s director of broadcast services who received the Charles W. Englehard Award in recognition of his efforts to place Keeneland at the forefront of technological advances. Two people who race and sell at Keeneland also were honored: Brereton C. Jones (P.A.B. Widener Trophy) and Josephine Abercrombie (W. T. Young Humanitarian Award).
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who have won a record number of races at Keeneland this meet, were recognized as Owners of the Year for being the 2012 Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund Leaders. Mike Maker, who is having a record-setting spring meet here, was recognized as Trainer of the Year. Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider, who race and sell at Keeneland, were honored as Breeders of the Year.
WinStar Farm’s Distorted Humor was honored as the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) sire of the year.
The recipients of 2012 KTOB KY-bred Champion awards were voted on for the first time by the full membership of KTA/KTOB while the KTDF category leaders were tabulated using purse money won at KY racetracks in 2012.