Pacer Lismore, a daughter of Albatross out of Bret’s Romance by Bret Hanover, was foaled on March 18, 1976. She was bred, raced and owned by Hall of Famer Timothy Rooney of Palm Beach, Florida. Lismore was the dam of 19 foals who have collectively earned over $4,000,000. The progeny that qualified Lismore for the Living Horse Hall of Fame were Albert Albert p,3,1:52.1 ($1,237,070), Curragh p,5,T1:51.4 ($509,740), Lisheen p,3,1:52.3 ($518,405) and Lisryan p,5,1:52 ($550,587).
Lismore won 12 of 53 lifetime starts. She won 9 of 23 races as a 2-year-old in 1978, earning $112,501. Victories that year included the La Paloma, Reynolds Memorial, Hanover Filly and three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In her sophomore season Lismore won three races and placed on the board in 10 out of 29. Her career earnings totaled $150,309.
Of Lismore’s foals, seven (all by Abercrombie) held records of 1:53 or faster, with 13 in 2:00. Seven of her offspring have earned over $150,000 with four (by Abercrombie) in excess of $500,000.
As a freshman in 1987, Lismore’s son Albert Albert earned a total of $591,599, finishing on the board in 17 of 18 races and winning 10, including the Kentucky Pacing Derby and Fox Stake. The following year he won 9 races, earning $645,471. Victories included the Slutsky Memorial, Oliver Wendell Holmes and a heat of the Horseman Futurity.
Albert Albert’s successful stud career resulted in three millionaires: 1995 Pacing Horse of the Year Pacific Rocket p,4,1:50s ($2,333,401), Ooh’s ‘N Aahs p,1:51.1s ($1,139,429) and Bad Bert p,1:50.2 ($1,081,566). His 1,134 starters have earned more than $83 million - an average of more than $73,000 each - and he sired 306 sub-1:55 performers.
Lismore’s daughter Lisheen is the dam of 2006 Pacing Horse of the Year Lis Mara p,4,1:47.3 ($2,141,661) and Lis Deo p,2,1:50.2 ($274,116). Daughter Lisbane p,4,2:00f ($20,450) produced eight in 2:00 and three in 1:54.
Lismore was inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2001. She died on August 30, 2007 at the age of 31 at Tim Rooney’s Shamrock Farm in Winfield, Maryland.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's "The 2006-2009 Immortals" (2011)