Shared Account, from the first crop of PLEASANTLY PERFECT, was among the Lane’s End-sired progeny who starred on a fantastic two days of Breeders’ Cup action at Churchill Downs. Bred by the late William A. Carl, the four-year-old filly had a tall order up against the likes of defending champion Midday (GB) and 2008 champion Forever Together (BELONG TO ME), but put forth a sparkling effort, driving to the front in mid-stretch and gamely digging in to deny Midday the repeat by a neck. Shared Account, from the immediate family of Sapphire N’ Silk (PLEASANT TAP) and Shaniko (A.P. INDY), was sold by Lane’s End!
Earlier on Breeders’ Cup Friday, it was a Lane’s End trifecta in the G3 Breeders’ Cup Marathon. A.P. INDY‘s Eldaafer, a son of MG1SW Habibti who was bred by Shadwell, powered home to a clear-cut success for owners IEAH Stables and Mansour Albaroudy. Eldaafer defeated another son of A.P. INDY, the Gainsborough Farm-bred Gabriel’s Hill, with MINESHAFT‘s son A.U. Miner getting third after a hard-luck trip. A.U. Miner was another Lane’s End sales graduate!
In the big one, the $5 million G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, MINESHAFT‘s son Fly Down confirmed that he was one of the best of his generation with a fast-closing third against Blame and Zenyatta. The G2 Dwyer S. hero and G1 Travers S. runner-up was co-bred and sold by Lane’s End.
In the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, the Lane’s End-sold Morning Line ran a huge race, pressing through :22 2/5, :44 4/5 and 1:09 2/5 splits before falling a head short to the rallying Dakota Phone. Morning Line was bred by Dell Ridge Farm and was a $700,000 KEESEP graduate.
Meanwhile, CITY ZIP‘s always-tough daughter Unzip Me was third against males in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Congratulations to the connections of these horses and all the other Breeders’ Cup winners!