One of the most exciting weekends of racing of the new year yielded big results for runners by Lane’s End stallions. MINESHAFT’s It’s Tricky was one of the best 3-year-old fillies of 2011, and figures to be a major player in 2012, too. The Godolphin colorbearer, winner of the G1 Acorn S. and G1 CCA Oaks last term and runner-up to Royal Delta in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, was the odds-on pick to take her seasonal unveiling in the G2 Top Flight H. at Aqueduct Saturday. She looked the part, rating just off of A.P. INDY’s daughter Love and Pride and rolling past that one to a 2 3/4-length success.
ROCK HARD TEN’s 5-year-old son Doubles Partner collected the third graded stakes victory of his career in the G3 Canadian Turf S. at Gulfstream. As a 3-year-old, he won the G2 American S. at Churchill before adding the G3 Tampa Bay S. last season. Doubles Partner was making his first start since a close-up third in the G1 Turf Classic S. on the 2011 Kentucky Derby undercard.
PLEASANTLY PERFECT had a pair of runner-up performances in the weekend’s two marquee races. In the G3 Gotham S. in New York, his sophomore son My Adonis ran on to be a strong second to champion Hansen, while Setsuko completed the exacta for the second straight year in the G1 Santa Anita H. in California.
On the Bip ‘Cap undercard at Santa Anita, CITY ZIP’s Reneesgotzip acquitted herself well in her first two-turn test, running a clear second in the one-mile G1 Las Virgenes S. as part of a deep field. The previously unbeaten filly won the G2 Santa Ynez S. in January.
Also in California, Lane’s End Sales grad Mr. Commons, a $70,000 yearling from our 2010 FTKJUL consignment, ran second in the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile S.