Wise Dan: the leading performer by his sire Wiseman's FerryPICTURE: keeneland.com
Sire of Horse of the Year Wise Dan dies at stud
WISEMAN'S FERRY, the sire of dual Horse of the Year Wise Dan, died at Dana Point Farm in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. He was 16.
The son of Hennessy, who was standing the season for a fee of $5,000, had reportedly covered five of the 38 mares in his 2015 book. An autopsy is being carried out to determine the cause of death.
Bred by Nursery Place and Robert Manfuso, Wiseman's Ferry was bought by Hugo Merry for $300,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale after failing to sell for $625,000 in the same ring two months earlier. He reappeared in public carrying the Coolmore colours for Aidan O'Brien, winning a Cork maiden before finishing third in a Listed contest next time out.
Later that season he was second to his paternal half-brother Johannesburg in the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes, finishing fourth to him again in the Phoenix Stakes.
Bought by trainer Niall O'Callaghan, Wiseman's Ferry went on to make ten starts in the US, winning the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby and West Virginia Derby, finishing second in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby.
Initially retired to Empire Stud in New York, in 2006 he relocated to Castleton Lyons in Lexington - where Wise Dan was conceived - before finally settling at Dana Point in 2009.
Wise Dan, owned and bred by his sire's part-owner Morton Fink, is out of the Wolf Power mare Lisa Danielle, also the dam of multiple Graded winner Successful Dan.
An 11-time Grade 1 winner, Wise Dan was crowned Horse of the Year in 2012 and 2013. He is the leading performer by his sire, other runners including Canadian champion Riding The River, tough sprinter Swilly Ferry and South American champion Wisemans Cure.
According to Blood-Horse statistics, Wiseman's Ferry has sired 183 winners from 231 runners, with earnings of $20,363,239.