Pedigree Profiles Guest Blog: Lisa Danielle – Mary Cage

The first of our Pedigree Profiles guest blogs is here! Read on to learn more about the dam of one of the most beloved horses in America…

It is not uncommon to see a successful racemare become a tremendous broodmare. Mares like Personal Ensign, Serena’s Song, Toussaud, and Urban Sea encountered much success on the track before becoming some of the most remarkable female producers the Thoroughbred breed has seen. Such was not the case for Lisa Danielle. In seven starts, she finished in the top three only twice and found the winner’s circle just once. Not once did she compete at the stakes level. However, her broodmare career has left her racing career many lengths behind.

Unlike her racing career, in which she did not win until her fourth outing, Lisa Danielle’s broodmare career began in style. Her first foal – a son of Roy named Lisa’s Royal Guy – never raced at the stakes level, but in a long career that spanned 61 starts, earned $182,386. But it was Lisa Danielle’s second foal that gave her broodmare career a kick-start. The result of Lisa Danielle’s second mating with Roy, Our Royal Dancer, went on to win the West Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park by 1 ½ lengths and concluded her career with earnings of $195,070. Lisa Danielle’s next four foals did nothing of much note, although two did earn more than $100,000.

But it was Lisa Danielle’s seventh foal, born in 2006, that put Morton Fink’s mare on the map. A son of Successful Appeal, he was given the name Successful Dan. Since beginning his career in 2009, Successful Dan has acquired $998,154. The bay gelding has won four graded stakes races and has placed in another four, including the 2010 Clark Handicap (gr. I), in which he crossed the wire first but was disqualified to second due to interference in the stretch.

While Successful Dan has cemented Lisa Danielle’s status as an elite producer, the son of Wiseman’s Ferry that Lisa Danielle foaled in 2007 was the one that truly cast a spotlight on Lisa Danielle. Racing fans know him as 2012 and 2013 Horse of the Year Wise Dan. From thirty starts, Wise Dan has won 22 races, including two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I). He has won on every surface and has found success at distances from six to nine furlongs. Not only does he have ten grade one victories and a total of six Eclipse Awards to his credit, but Wise Dan holds the course record for one mile on the turf at both Woodbine and Santa Anita.

Since producing Wise Dan, Lisa Danielle has also begat Casino Dan and Enchanting Lisa – both of which are merely maiden winners. Whether she will produce another stakes winner or not is left in the hands of destiny, but her produce record to date speaks for itself, having earned her the honor of 2012 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.

While Lisa Danielle’s ancestry could not assist her in becoming a successful racehorse, it has aided her in having an outstanding career as a broodmare. Although her pedigree appears rather modest at first glance, a more extensive study of her bloodlines uncovers the ingredients that have made her such a great producer.

Lisa Danielle’s sire, Wolf Power, was a champion in South Africa in 1981, 1983, and 1984, including the title of the nation’s Horse of the Year in 1984. However, these titles alone do not do justice the brilliance he displayed as a racehorse. A four-time group one winner, he established four course records, even becoming the first horse in South Africa to complete a one-mile race in a time faster than 1:34. He concluded his career with $758,071 – a South African record for earnings at the time. At the conclusion of his racing days, he was imported to Kentucky, where he began his stud career at The Alchemy before transferring to Gainesway Farm.

Wolf Power had modest success as a sire, producing nearly 40 stakes winners and progeny that earned a total of more than $23 million. However, only a handful of his offspring accomplished anything very notable. Among those are the grade one winner Freedom Cry, two-time Mexican champion Alemania, and the track-record-setting, multiple stakes-winning Northern Wolf.

Although Wolf Power’s success as a sire was solid but moderate, his greatest achievement in breeding has come as a broodmare sire. Aside from being the maternal grandsire of Lisa Danielle’s offspring, he is also the damsire of the multiple grade one-winning Milwaukee Brew, as well as the graded stakes winners Hurrahy, Lady Linney, Lendell Ray, Sailors Sunset, and Stay Sound. As a broodmare sire, he is represented by more than 40 stakes winners.

Interestingly, Lisa Danielle’s broodmare sire is the great Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner who is considered by many to be the greatest racehorse of all-time. Although the two-time Horse of the Year had a respectable career, his most remarkable success came as a broodmare sire. “Big Red” was the maternal grandsire of several excellent racehorses and producers, including A.P. Indy, Chief’s Crown, Dehere, Gone West, and Storm Cat.

Lisa Danielle also has power in her dam line, as her fourth dam is the Reine De Course mare Vali, who produced the tremendous racehorse and sire Val De Loir, as well as Valoris, a group one-winning champion and dam of the graded stakes-winning Savannah Dancer.

Lisa Danielle also features two crosses of the excellent broodmare sire Princequillo in her pedigree. Princequillo is not only the damsire of Secretariat, but also the champions Key to the Mint and Mill Reef. The son of Prince Rose was the leading North American broodmare sire an astounding eight times.

Another legend who appears twice in Lisa Danielle’s pedigree is Nasrullah. The English champion was not only the leading sire at one time in England, but was the top sire in the United States for four years. Inbreeding to Nasrullah can be found in the pedigrees of many remarkable broodmares, including Born Gold (the dam of the great champion Goldikova and multiple other group stakes winners) and Sweet Life (the dam of Breeders’ Cup champions Sweet Catomine and Life Is Sweet).

The article above was written by Mary Cage, an “avid fan of horse racing,” as her bio on her own site describes her! Born and raised around horses herself, the 18-year-old writer wishes to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry. Her work has already been published in Southern Racehorse Magazine and Her own blog is Past the Grandstand, and she also writes for Horse Racing Nation under the same blog name.

I encourage you to visit the two sites above and check out her work, if you haven’t already. Mary is a tremendously talented writer with a very bright future!


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