Morton Fink's Lisa Danielle, the dam of Horse of the Year Wise Dan, was honored April 25 as Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association at its annual awards luncheon April 25.
A son of Wiseman's Ferry, Wise Dan is the best foal produced from the mare whose progeny have earned more than $4.8 million to date. The daughter of Wolf Power, purchased by Cecil Seaman for $29,000 at the 1995 Keeneland September yearling sale, also produced Successful Dan, a multiple graded stakes winner from 2009-'12. After producing an Afleet Alex filly in 2012, Lisa Danielle was not bred back that year.
Mirroring his three Eclipse Awards, Wise Dan, a gelding trained by Charlie LoPresti, was honored as Kentucky-bred Horse of the Year, top handicap male, and top male turf horse. In 2012, Wise Dan had five wins and a second in six starts, including three grade I victories on grass—Woodbine Mile, Shadwell Turf Mile, and Breeders' Cup Mile. He also won the grade III Ben Ali Stakes over Keeneland's artificial Polytrack surface and finished second in the grade I Stephen Foster Handicap on dirt.
Wise Dan was among a handful of Kentucky-breds that had also been honored with Eclipse Awards, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands winner I'll Have Another . The complete list of KTOBA champions (with breeders):
Horse of the Year, Male Handicap Horse, Male Turf Horse: Wise Dan
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 Horse Female: Tapitsfly (Frank L. Jones, Jr.)
Sprinter: Groupie Doll (Fred Bradley and William Bradley)
Steeplechase: Demonstrative (Gainsborough Farm LLC)
Racing Abroad: Certify (Hurstland Farm Inc., William Kartozian, and Darley)
In addition the equine champions, four merit awards were presented to individuals for their contributions to the Kentucky Thoroughbred industry.
—P.A.B. Widener Trophy for KTOB Breeder of the Year: Brereton C. Jones
—Hardboot Breeder Award, which "pays tribute to distinctive but unsung breeders that help make up the backbone of our industry," according to the KTOB: Fred F. Bradley
—Charles W. Engelhard Award, which "acknowledges a member of the news media for outstanding coverage of the Thoroughbred industry": G. D. Hieronymus
—W.T. Young Humanitarian Award distinguishes a person in the Thoroughbred industry "who recognizes and promotes the human endeavor": Josephine Abercrombie
Also receiving awards were the top Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund money earners in 2012 in five separate categories.