The Eclipse Awards were held Monday night in Los Angeles, California, and as expected, Lane’s End stallions dominated the proceedings. In fact, five of the 11 categories, not including steeplechaser, were taken by a son or daughter of a Lane’s End sire. On top of that, another winner will one day stand at Lane’s End, and yet another is booked to a Lane’s End sire.

Like we said all year: Win, and you must be doing business with Lane’s End!

The star of the Eclipse Awards was SMART STRIKE’s brilliant son Curlin, who was named Horse of the Year after a thrilling season that included wins in the G1 Preakness S., G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Curlin also walked away with the hardware in the Three-Year-Old Male category and, majority owner Jess Jackson announced, is being returned to training in 2008!

SMART STRIKE garnered his second individual winner on the night when English Channel was given a richly deserved Eclipse as Champion Turf Male. The six-time Grade 1 winner won a trio at the highest level in 2007, including an overwhelming seven-length romp in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Monmouth Park.

A.P. INDY, meanwhile, has long been well-represented on Eclipse night, with the likes of Horse of the Year MINESHAFT and three-year-old champ Bernardini to his credit, and on Monday his daughter Rags to Riches was honored as Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after a season that included a win in the G1 Belmont S. over Curlin.

LANGFUHR has sired the likes of champions WANDO, Mobile and Kimchi, and now has another with the top handicap horse Lawyer Ron. LANGFUHR’s strapping son laid waste to Saratoga’s major handicap races in 2007, winning the G1 Whitney H. and G1 Woodward S., and was rewarded with the Eclipse as Champion Older Male.

While he’s not by a Lane’s End sire, WAR PASS will someday be one himself. Robert LaPenta’s untested superstar, by Cherokee Run, was the near-unanimous choice as Champion Juvenile Male after a season that included wins in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and G1 Champagne S.

And last but not least, Shadwell Stable’s Lahudood (GB) (Singspiel {GB}), heroine of the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, has a date with KINGMAMBO after being named Champion Turf Female

Lane’s End would like to offer our congratulations to ALL the Eclipse Award winners and wish everyone the best of luck in 2008!

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