(Press Release)—Lotka, the 30-year-old Kennelot mare by Danzig, died yesterday at Our Mims Retirement Haven in Paris, Kentucky. Lotka had been a resident there since August of 2008.
“We have had many great mares at OMRH but none as full of life as Lotka,” says Jeanne Mirabito, Our Mims president. “She was magnificent, the heart of the farm. As crushed as I am at her passing, I was honored to be part of her life.”
The late Henryk de Kwiatkowski was responsible for Lotka’s breeding, and the mare ran under his Kennelot Stables colors. Lotka won the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes, the Grade 2 Black Helen Handicap, the Grade 3 Columbiana Handicap, La Prevoyante Invitational Handicap, Magnolia Stakes. She also won the second running of the Grade 3 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Keeneland.
In October 2011, Lotka was invited back to Keeneland to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that win. She appeared at Keeneland’s Breakfast with the Works on Keeneland’s 75th Anniversary. Lotka also ran second in the Grade 1 Fantasy Stakes and third in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Overall, she raced 20 times with 10 wins, 4 places, and 1 show for a career earnings total of $721,804.
Lotka was also a very successful broodmare. Her 1995 son Mambo Twist by Kingmambo earned almost $2.5 million on the Japanese tracks. Lotta Dancing, her 1991 filly by Alydar, earned over $350,000 on the track. Of Lotka’s fourteen foals: only three were unraced and four earned over $100,000.
In her retirement years at the Haven, Lotka was a favorite among visitors, and just celebrated her 30th birthday March 27th.
But her advanced years never affected her mare-in-charge swagger.
“We could always count on her to be large and in charge when it came to herd dynamics,” Mirabito says. “She also ruled our hearts. I remember the day Lotka arrived. I looked into her eyes and was mesmerized by the intelligence behind them. I knew, at that moment, my life would never be the same.
Mirabito adds that Lotka’s passing is a loss that will be felt a long time to come. The great mare will be buried in the Haven’s cemetery.
OMRH became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2006. Featured in Barbara Livingston’s More Old Friends, the Haven specializes in “restoring health and spirit in aged mares.”
The Haven is supported through donations, eBay auctions, and its online shop.
Our Mims Retirement Haven is home to Princess Royale, Bel’s Starlet, Blue Viking, Ms. Royal Flagship, Taba Dance, Trail Guide, and Dogwood Patty. Our Mims’ grandson, 1997 Breeder’s Cup™ Sprint winner Elmhurst, arrived in October of 2011.