Led by the Lane’s End-bred Court Vision and our future star stallion MORNING LINE, Lane’s End Sales grads had another outstanding year in 2011. In fact, no other consignor in the nation had more Grade 1 winners, and only one had more graded winners (and only one at that!).
MORNING LINE, bred by Dell Ridge Farm and sold by Lane’s End for $700,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September Sale, collected one of the prized seven-furlong Grade 1s in America in the form of Aqueduct’s Carter H. last spring. The physically impressive colt, a grandson of MG1SW November Snow (Storm Cat), is owned by Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable and trained by Nick Zito.
Court Vision, by our pensioned GULCH, from the family of A.P. Indy and bred by a Lane’s End’s partnership, put the finishing touches on a successful career in the 2011 G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile. The grandson of Weekend Surprise was a graded winner in each of his five seasons on the track, and was a Grade 1 winner at three, four, five and six. In the Mile, he launched a powerful rally in the lane to defeat WANDO’s Turallure by a nose, with the supermare Goldikova (Ire) back in third. Court Vision was a $180,000 yearling at the 2006 Keeneland September Sale.
The sophomore Dialed In proved one of the best of his generation with a stellar run last spring. Another co-bred by Lane’s End, along with Madeleine Pickens and Skara Glen Stables, Dialed In won the G3 Holy Bull S. in just his second career start, then beat one of the deepest 3-year-old fields of the year with a last-to-first move in the G1 Florida Derby. Among the defeated that day were future Grade 1 winners Shackleford, To Honor and Serve and Stay Thirsty. Lane’s End sold Dialed In to Robert LaPenta for $475,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. Nick Zito trains the colt.
Lane’s End grads figure to have a major say on the Derby trail in 2012, too. The Lane’s End-sold Liaison looked like the real deal winning the G1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in December. By Indian Charlie, he was bred by the William A. Carl Estate. Bob Baffert trains the colt for Arnold Zetcher. Lane’s End sold Liaison for $290,000 as a 2010 September yearling.
Another young horse with a very bright future is Gemologist, by Tiznow and sold by Lane’s End for $310,000 as a 2009 Keeneland November weanling. The handsome colt capped a three-for-three juvenile season with a win in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club S. at Churchill Downs. Gemologist was bred by the G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust.
Other horses sold by Lane’s End to star in 2011 included the immensely talented Californian star Mr. Commons, who won or placed in five stakes, including a dominating tally in the G2 Sir Beaufort S. on opening day of Santa Anita’s winter meet. PLEASANTLY PERFECT’s multiple champion son Silverside continued to be a top performer in Europe, with his victories including the G2 Goldene Peitsche in Germany. Adding Grade 3 wins to Lane’s End scorecard were Little Miss Holly, Successful Talent and Thiskyhasnolimit.
Lane’s End congratulates the connections of all these horses and thanks the horsemen and women who have supported us year in and year out.