“Back on Top” is the Thoroughbred Times headline regarding Lane’s End position amongst North American stud farms in 2010. For a record 11th time, Lane’s End led all stud farms with progeny earnings of $70,611,247 (2,486 starters, 1,287 winners), putting the Farish family’s operation over $18 million ahead of its nearest competitor, Ashford Stud ($52,304,170, 2,467 starters, 1,085 winners). In its annual survey, Thoroughbred Times ranked farms in eight statistical categories, and Lane’s End came out on top in five. In addition to progeny earnings, Lane’s End led in the following categories:

Number of stakes winners – Lane’s End – 90 stakes winners
Number of graded stakes winners by stallion progeny – Lane’s End – 36 graded winners
Number of wins by stallion progeny – Lane’s End – 2,115 wins
Number of winners by stallion progeny – Lane’s End – 1,287 winners
The article noted, “In 2010, it was rare to see a big race for three-year-old males in which progeny of a Lane’s End stallion did not factor. Champion three-year-old male and G1 Preakness S. winner Lookin At Lucky is by SMART STRIKE. The G1 Santa Anita Derby went to Sidney’s Candy, by CANDY RIDE (ARG); and First Dude, by STEPHEN GOT EVEN, always asserted himself and placed in five Grade 1 races, including the Preakness and G1 Belmont S.”

A big thanks to the owners, breeders and horsemen and women who have made Lane’s End’s success possible!

Feb. 13, 2010: With the progeny of Lane’s End stallions earning nearly $73 million in 2009, it is safe to call Lane’s End one of the premier stud farms in the world. In a recently completed Thoroughbred Times survey that ranked stallion operations in eight separate categories, Lane’s End wound up first or second in six of the categories. Lane’s End was ranked second by Sire Progeny Earnings despite having substantially fewer starters than the first-ranked farm. Lane’s End was second in both the Progeny Winners/Progeny Wins category, with 1,218 horses by Lane’s End sires accounting for 1,974 wins. More importantly, Lane’s End led all North American stud farms by stakes winners, accounting for some 125 black-type winners in 2009. By comparison, the runner-up on the list had 94 stakes winners despite having 712 more starters, while the third-ranked farm had 62 stakes winners. By percentage of stakes winners, Lane’s End finished second with a strong 5.01 percent of our runners winning black-type events; we were one of only two farms in North America to eclipse the five-percent mark, and the lone farm with more than 600 starters.

Lane’s End was again on top in arguably the most important list : Graded Stakes Winners. In 2010, a whopping 48 horses by Lane’s End sires won graded stakes. The runner-up accounted for 43, with the third-placed farm checking in at 22 graded winners.

In all, four Lane’s End sires–SMART STRIKE, A.P. INDY, LANGFUHR and LEMON DROP KID–ended the year on the Top 20 General Sire List, a feat no other farm could boast of in 2009. We thank all of our breeders and patrons for this extraordinary feat!

February 14, 2009: In a story titled “On Top Again: Lane’s End and its star-studded stallions lead for the tenth time,” The Thoroughbred Times has once again completed their annual analysis of the industry’s leading stud farms. Lane’s End ranked number one for the tenth year (seven of those were consecutive). We ranked first in five of the eight categories: by progeny earnings ($15 million ahead of next farm), by graded stakes winners, by stakes winners, by number of winners and wins. Also mentioned was the fact that SMART STRIKE was the first stallion to lead the sire list in back-to-back years since Storm Cat and that SMART STRIKE’s son CURLIN, our newest stallion addition, won Horse of the Year for the second consecutive year.

February 16, 2008: The Thoroughbred Times magazine recently completed its annual ranking of stud farms in North America for 2007 and once again Lane’s End led the way. According to their study, Lane’s End led all North American stud farms by stallion progeny earnings ($84,677,291), wins by stallion progeny (2,090) wins, stakes winners(129), and graded stakes winners (49).

In 2006, Lane’s End was the leading stud farm by total progeny earnings, with progeny earnings grossing more than $72 million, some two and a half-million more than the runner-up and over twice that of the third place farm. Lane’s End was also the leader by number of progeny stakes winners. In all, 114 Lane’s End-sired runners earned black-type victories. Put into perspective, it was 16 stakes winners more than the runner-up, and was more than double that of the farm listed third.

These achievements follow a stretch where Lane’s End was named by the Thoroughbred Times as North America’s top stud farm seven years in a row.

A sincere thank you to all the breeders and horsemen who have contributed to the success of Lane’s End!

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