Wise Dan in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (GI) - Photo courtesy Tom Ferry
Wiseman’s Ferry – Lisa Danielle, by Wolf Power
On the surface, this pedigree does not scream possible “two-time Horse of the Year.” The sire’s best triumphs on the track did not exceed Grade III level, and, for her part, the dam had one win and one third place out of seven starts. But look again. These lines carry the mark of sheer class. Let’s set the microscope at 100X and take a sample of what is pumping through Wise Dan’s heart!
Wiseman’s Ferry was co-owned by Morton Fink, Lee Sacks, and Swifty Farm and had a commendable campaign as a juvenile. On the Irish turf, he was third in the Marble Hill Stakes and placed in the Anglesey Stakes (GIII). A year later, he would win the West Virginia Derby (GIII) and Lone Star Derby (GIII). Wiseman’s Ferry also finished second-best in the Ohio Derby (GII) during that season.
His pedigree gave him a good chance for a stud career. His sire, Hennessy, is a son of Storm Cat and a mare by the South African star, Hawaii. Wiseman’s Ferry’s dam, Emmaus, was a daughter of Silver Deputy (Deputy Minister [by Northern Dancer’s son, Vice Regent] – a Mr. Prospector mare). Wiseman’s Ferry came from strong producing lines – his second dam was La Affirmed (by Affirmed). She was the dam of the GIII-winner Bernstein and the grand-dam of Sky Mesa. La Affirmed’s half-sister, Outstandingly, earned nearly $1.5 million as a racehorse and was Champion 2-Year-Old Filly of 1984. Yet another valuable aspect of the bottom half of his pedigree is his third dam: a Round Table (by Princequillo) mare.
Wiseman’s Ferry and Lisa Danielle share many similarities in their pedigrees. But Lisa Danielle has an even stronger South African presence in her blood. Her sire, Wolf Power, set or tied eight course records and was a multi-champion in South Africa.
Lisa Danielle has a powerful influence of good female blood. Wolf Power’s dam was from the sire line of Nasrullah and Lisa Danielle’s broodmare sire was Secretariat (Bold Ruler [Nasrullah-Discovery mare] – a Princequillo mare). Additionally, the Princequillo son, Round Table, was her great-grandsire. La Danielle’s third dam was also from the line of Princequillo’s sire, Prince Rose.
Though Lisa Danielle’s second, third, and fourth dam were bred in France, her bloodlines do not include a considerable presence of the country’s breeding horses. Her second dam, Laquiola (by the Northern Dancer son, Lyphard) was GIII-placed in France for her owner/breeder, Jacques Wertheimer.
Wise Dan’s conformation exemplifies all that is desired of an ideal working racehorse. Though he isn’t as elegant as some of his counterparts, Wise Dan possesses the essential qualities of a great runner – a powerful yet proportional body and good feet. This horse’s industrial appearance matches up to his golden-retriever racing attitude and makes him even more captivating to behold.
Wise Dan in April 2013 - BNB Photo
Most recently, Wise Dan won a historic Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (GI) in track record time. Following the chestnut’s effortless run, Charlie LoPresti said Wise Dan would probably train into the Breeders’ Cup Mile (GI), though a final decision had yet to be made. The Shadwell Turf Mile (GI) at Keeneland is still left in consideration.