Lane’s End Sales had over 100 million reasons to consider its record-breaking 2011 a huge success. According to The Blood-Horse, Lane’s End-consigned horses grossed a staggering $101,978,094, and included some of the sale highlights of the 2011 season. Lane’s End was the nation’s leading consignor of weanlings, the leading consignor of yearlings, and the leading sire of broodmares by gross, and was the leading weanling consignor by average and second-leading consignor by broodmare average (minimum 15 sold). Lane’s End’s Keeneland November gross of $66,220,500 set a North American record for gross sales by a consignor at a single auction.
Lane’s End was honored to handle the dispersal of our good friend Ned Evans’s Spring Hill Farm, and as a fitting tribute to the late influential owner and breeder, the dispersal shattered records. The Spring Hill dispersal grossed $55,820,000 at Keeneland November and another $6,527,000 at Keeneland September, for a total of 220 lots sold for $62,347,000. It was easily North America’s highest-grossing Thoroughbred dispersal of all time.
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 was bred and raced by Evans. A weanling filly from the dispersal, a Medaglia d’Oro half-sister to Horse of the Year Saint Liam (sire of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace), sold for a North American record of $2.6 million to Benjamin Leon, Jr.’s Besilu Stable. Other Lane’s End highlights included the sale of the broodmare prospect Quiet Giant to Besilu for $3 million, and Weekend Strike, who sold in foal to QUALITY ROAD for $2.3 million.
At the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, Lane’s End sold 100% of mares offered and attained an average of $1million leading all consignors. The consignment produced three 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, and Miarixa (Fr), dam of dual Classic heroine Blue Bunting, sold to Blandford Bloodstock for $1.2 million.
Lane’s End’s Keeneland September draft included a $650,000 full-sibling to Evans’s brilliant Grade 1 winner QUALITY ROAD, a $650,000 half-sister to champion Royal Delta, and a $550,000 half-brother to the graded winners Rey de Cafe (KINGMAMBO) and El Crespo (A.P. INDY). At the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, Lane’s End sold, among others, a $775,000 Unbridled’s Song half-brother to A.P. INDY’s Grade 1 winner Majestic Warrior, and a $525,000 DIXIE UNION daughter of GSW Rare Gift. We also sold the highest priced CANDY RIDE sold at auction in 2011, a $535,000 filly who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Wickedly Perfect.
Lane’s End’s success, of course, is attributable to the support we receive from our clients and breeders, and from the horsemen and women who patronize our consignments. We thank them all, and wish them a happy and successful 2012!