For the second straight year, favoritism in the Kentucky Derby might well fall to a Lane’s End sales graduate. In 2011, it was the brilliant G1 Florida Derby hero Dialed In (MINESHAFT) who was sent off the crowd’s choice. This time, the exciting, undefeated Gemologist, a $310,000 weanling grad from Lane’s End’s 2009 Keeneland November draft, could take the money on the first Saturday in May. And it would be hard to fault his backers.
A winner of all three of his juvenile starts, he concluded 2011 with a 1 3/4-length win in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club S. Gemologist took his seasonal bow, a one-mile Gulfstream allowance, by seven lengths over G1SW Currency Swap, then stepped up big time to defeat the well-regarded Alpha in the G1 Wood Memorial S. at Aqueduct. “So far, it would be hard to be unhappy with anything he’s done so far in his whole career,” trainer Todd Pletcher said after the Wood. “It looked like he had something left after the wire. With this horse being 2-for-2 at Churchill Downs, I think he’s got as good chance as anybody [in the Derby].” Gemologist was bred by longtime Lane’s End clients G. Watts Jr. Humphrey and his mother, the late Louise Ireland Humphrey. Lane’s End wishes the connections of this talented horse the best of luck in the Derby!
Other 2012 stakes winners who were offered at public auction by Lane’s End include the top-shelf West Coast handicapper Mr. Commons. Third in the G1 Santa Anita Derby and a strong fifth in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile last year, the St. George Farm homebred closed out his 3-year-old season with a first graded score in the G2 Sir Beaufort S. at Santa Anita. He made it two straight in the G2 Arcadia S. in February, and was beaten just a neck in the G1 Frank Kilroe Mile in March in his latest. Mr. Commons was offered by Lane’s End at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton July Sale.
The 3-year-old filly In Lingerie stamped herself as an intriguing player in her division with a dominating six-length win in the G3 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway in March. It was the second win in three career starts for the filly, now owned by Eclipse Thoroughbreds and partners and trained by Todd Pletcher. In Lingerie was bred by Colts Neck Stables LLC in Kentucky and was offered by Lane’s End at Keeneland September in 2010.
At the same sale, Lane’s End also offered the 3-year-old colt Raconteur, by A.P. INDY, who recently picked up his first stakes win with a determined head victory in the Private Term S. at Laurel.
The always-tough Thiskyhasnolimit achieved the rare feat of winning a stakes races in each of his four seasons at the track after proving best in the $100,000 Louisiana H. at Fair Grounds. A $120,000 KEESEP graduate from Lane’s End’s 2008 draft, the 5-year-old MGSW was recently retired having finished first or second in 10 of 20 starts and earned over $775,000. Thiskyhasnolimit was bred by Stud TNT.
In South America, the 3-year-old colt Gocek, from the first crop of the brilliant AFTER MARKET, became his sire’s second stakes winner after collecting the Clasico Aniversario de la Fundaaion del Jockey Club Peru in mid-March. Gocek, bred by G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and Oliver Racing Stable, was purchased by bloodstock agent Dante Zanelli, on behalf of Maria’s Stable, from Lane’s End’s 2010 September consignment.
Lane’s End thanks all the breeders and sellers who entrust their horses to us, and we wish continued luck to all the buyers who support us!