Sired by 1993 North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace winner Presidential Ball, pacer Presidential Lady was foaled on April 4, 1995 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Bred and owned as a racehorse by Spar J Stables and Domenic Gatto, Jr., she was trained by Noel Daley and Brett Pelling. Presidential Lady raced in 1997 and 1998, earning more than $290,000. Major victories included the 1997 Matron Stakes, a division of the 1997 Kentucky Standardbred and the 1998 Adioo Volo.
The progeny that qualified Presidential Lady for the Hall of Fame are 2014 Horse of the Year and world champion JK She’salady p,2,1:50.1s ($898,855) and 2014 North America Cup winner JK Endofanera p,3,1:48.2 ($1,500,885), both sired by Art Major.
JK She’salady is the first two-year-old filly to be named harness racing’s Horse of the Year. She is only the fourth two-year-old Standardbred to receive the award, joining Niatross (1979), Bret Hanover (1964) and Nevele Pride (1967). JK She’salady won all 12 of her freshman starts, with major victories coming in the Breeders Crown (stakes record 1:50.2), She’s A Great Lady Stakes (world record-equaling 1:50.1s) and Three Diamonds. She was voted Horse of the Year and Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada.
JK Endofanera was the second-leading moneywinning three-year-old pacer in 2014. Major victories that year included the North America Cup, American-National and Tattersalls Pace. JK Endofanera also won the Governor’s Cup as a two-year-old in 2013. Another full sibling, JK Fine Art p,4,1:50.2f ($374,102) was a New York Sire Stakes star.
To date, Presidential Lady has produced four fillies and five colts, with eight starters and earnings of over $2.9 million.