Led by the dispersal of the late Ned Evans’s Spring Hill Farm, Lane’s End Sales had an unprecedented 11 days of selling at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale. Records fell one after another, with demand for Lane’s End-consigned stock starting high and continuing through much of the marathon event. Here are some of the highlights:
• With receipts totaling $66,220,500, Lane’s End set a North American record for gross sales by a consignor at a single auction
• The Evans dispersal saw 170 lots sell for $55,820,000 to become North America’s highest-grossing Thoroughbred dispersal off all time. That figure doesn’t include the 50 yearlings sold by the Evans estate for $6,527,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which pushes the total for 220 lots sold to $62,347,000
• Lane’s End sold 12 of the 23 seven-figure lots at Keeneland November, including the sale’s second-highest-priced horse, the $4.2 million Christmas Kid, the Grade 1-winning daughter of LEMON DROP KID who sold from the Evans dispersal
• An Evans-bred Medaglia d’Oro–Quiet Dance weanling filly, a half-sister to Horse of the Year SAINT LIAM, et al, sold to Benjamin Leon, Jr.’s Besilu Stable for $2.6 million, a North American record for a weanling at public auction
• The 4-year-old racing or broodmare prospect Quiet Giant, another half to SAINT LIAM, sold to Besilu Stable for $3 million, third-highest price of the sale
• Weekend Strike, a stakes-placed daughter of SMART STRIKE and a half-sister to recent G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Court Vision, sold to Barronstown Stud for $2.3 million. The mare was offered in foal to our own QUALITY ROAD. Both Weekend Strike and Court Vision were bred and sold by Lane’s End and hail from the family of A.P. INDY, SUMMER SQUALL, etc.
• An Evans-bred SMART STRIKE filly out of his MG1SW Raging Fever brought $1 million from Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton
Meanwhile, the sale topper at November, the G1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic heroine Royal Delta, has ties to Lane’s End, as her dam is A.P. INDY’s MGSW daughter Delta Princess, herself a Lane’s End sales grad. A SMART STRIKE weanling half-sister to Royal Delta brought $1.6 million from Besilu.
Keeneland November was also a huge sale for Ned Evans’s record-setting Grade 1 winner QUALITY ROAD, with mares in foal to the G1 Met Mile winner on offer for the first time. QUALITY ROAD was easily the top-ranked covering freshman sire during the combined November sales, with 48 of the 50 mares in foal to him averaging a spectacular $283,208.
Across town at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, Lane’s End-consigned horses again were in high demand, with three members of our consignment realizing seven-figure prices. Leading the group was Grade 1 winner Mona de Momma, who sold to Alpha Delta Stables/R Bell, agent, for $1.55 million. Fellow Grade 1 winner Crisp sold to Adena Springs for $1.2 million, while Miarixa (Fr), dam of dual Classic heroine Blue Bunting, sold to Blandford Bloodstock for $1.2 million.
Congrats to sellers and buyers who made this a record-breaking November for Lane’s End and good luck to all in the future! And a special thanks to Spring Hill Farm manager Chris Baker, who helped facilitate the largest-grossing dispersal of all time.