From Florida to Canada to the Breeders’ Cup, from Ireland to Italy, Lane’s End sales grads won Grade/Group 1 races around the world in 2010 and when the year ended we were the leading consignor of Grade 1 winners.
QUALITY ROAD, bred by the late Ned Evans, confirmed his status as one of the most innately brilliant horses of recent years. Offered by Lane’s End at the 2007 Keeneland September Sale, QUALITY ROAD lowered his own track record while winning the nine-furlong G1 Donn H. in 1:47.49. His margin of victory, 12 3/4 lengths, was another record. QUALITY ROAD went on to win the G1 Met Mile in brilliant fashion, then added the G1 Woodward S. at Saratoga. He retired to stand stud at Lane’s End with eight wins in 13 starts and $2.2 million in earnings.
PLEASANTLY PERFECT’s Shared Account, bred by the late William A. Carl and sold by Lane’s End for $170,000 as a 2007 KEESEP yearling, won on racing’s biggest stage when she turned back Midday (GB) in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
The impeccably bred juvenile Biondetti, a three-parts brother to G1SW Indy Five Hundred and Delta Princess, both by A.P. INDY, lived up to his bloodlines with a victory in the G1 Gran Criterium in Italy. The Godolphin colorbearer, bred by Palides Investments NV, also was fourth in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill. Lane’s End sold the colt for $350,000 at FTSAUG.
Court Vision, bred by Will Farish and Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership and from the immediate family of A.P. INDY, added yet another Grade 1 to his resume in the Woodbine Mile, pushing his career earnings to over $2.6 million. He was a $180,000 KEESEP grad in 2006.
In Ireland, Pathfork became one of the early favorites for the 2011 Classics with a stylish win in the G1 Vincent O’Brien National S. at The Curragh. Pathfork, bred by Flaxman Holdings Limited, was purchased by Ben McElroy for $230,000 from Lane’s End’s 2009 September draft.
Arcadius and Panivino also achieved Grade/Group 1 glory during the 2010 season bringing the total to seven Grade 1 winners.
Other Lane’s End grads to star in 2010 included a bevy of talented sophomores: GSW & MG1SP Fly Down (MINESHAFT); GSW & G1SP Morning Line; GSW Golden Itiz; GSW Endorsement; SW & MGSP Thiskyhasnolimit; and SW Admiral Alex.
Lane’s End also sold the 2010 graded winners Awesome Act, Baletti, and Strike a Deal (SMART STRIKE), and the stakes winners A.U. Minter (MINESHAFT), Bonnie Blue Flag (MINESHAFT), Cool Coal Man (MINESHAFT), King of Dixie (KINGMAMBO), La Verita, Maram, Marie de Medici, Miss Pleasant (PLEASANTLY PERFECT), Molto Grande, Panivino, Peppi Knows (STEPHEN GOT EVEN), Silverside (PLEASANTLY PERFECT), and Sunday Sunrise (PLEASANTLY PERFECT).
In all, 28 horses who got their start in a Lane’s End consignment won stakes in 2010, an impressive 14 of them at the graded level, and seven at the Grade/Group 1 level. That means a full 25 percent of our stakes winners won at the highest level.
Lane’s End thanks and congratulates the breeders, buyers and sellers of these horses and wishes them continued success in 2011!