It’s now well into the 2012 racing season, and we’re proud to say that no other consignor in North America has more graded winners this year than Lane’s End.
Leading the charge is Gemologist, who stamped himself as one of the best members of his generation with a determined victory in the G1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old, owned by WinStar Farm, also won last year’s G2 Kentucky Jockey Club S. at Churchill Downs. Lane’s End sold the strapping bay for $310,000 as a weanling at KEENOV in 2009. Gemologist was bred by G. Watts and Louise I. Humphrey.
Another son of Tiznow, future Lane’s End sire MORNING LINE, trumpeted his return as a force in the handicap division with a wire-to-wire score in the G2 Mervyn Leroy H. at Betfair Hollywood Park May 5 (106 Beyer). It was the 5-year-old’s first start in nine months, and represented his third graded win after he won the G1 Carter H. at four and the G2 Pennsylvania Derby at three. Co-owned by Lane’s End, MORNING LINE was bred by Dell Ridge Farm and was, by a wide margin, his sire’s top-priced yearling of 2008 after Lane’s End sold him to Legends Racing for $700,000 at KEESEP. MORNING LINE is a son of the A.P. INDY mare Indian Snow, herself a daughter of MG1SW November Snow (Storm Cat).
Like Gemologist, Eclipse Thoroughbreds and Gary Barber’s In Lingerie staked her claim as one of her generation’s best with a powerful win in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico in May. Bred by Colts Neck Stable and a member of Lane’s End’s 2010 KEESEP draft, the 3-year-old also won this season’s G3 Bourbonette Oaks. She’s a daughter of Grade 2 winner Cat Chat–who currently has weanling and yearling fillies by our star sire CANDY RIDE (ARG)–and a granddaughter of champion Phone Chatter.
Another Lane’s End-sold star in the sophomore division is the progressive Blueskiesnrainbows, a son of our own ENGLISH CHANNEL. Purchased by Cecil Seaman, agent for Whizway Farm, and owned by Whizway and Bad Boy Racing LLC, Blueskiesnrainbows won the G2 Swaps S. at Betfair Hollywood Park after previously running a close-up third in the G1 Santa Anita Derby. Bob Baffert trains the KEESEP grad, whom Lane’s End sold on behalf of Ned Evans’s Spring Hill Farm.
In the older division, Endorsement, a $450,000 yearling from Lane’s End’s 2008 KEESEP consignment, has already put together a fine season. Endorsement was one of the favorites for the 2010 Kentucky Derby after winning the G3 Sunland Derby before an untimely injured in his final pre-Derby work. But he’s returned better than ever at five, setting a new track record for 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream in an allowance in February before adding his second graded score in the G3 Texas Mile in April. Endorsement later set wicked fractions in G3 Pimlico Special in May and held on gamely to be third, beaten just a length. Bred by Kilroy Partnership, Endorsement was produced by MGSP Charmed Gift, by A.P. INDY.
ROCK HARD TEN is one of the leading sires in the nation by graded winners with a quartet that includes Lane’s End sales grad Utopian. Sold by Lane’s End as a weanling for $360,000 at KEENOV in 2007, Utopian won the G3 Inglewood H. at Hollywood in late April, which followed his runner-up placing in the G2 San Marcos S. in February. Utopian was, like Gemologist, bred by G. Watts and Louise I. Humphrey. His dam, the stakes-winning Storm Alert (Storm Cat), has a yearling filly by SMART STRIKE.
The 4-year-old Mr. Commons, a $70,000 alum of our 2009 FTKJUL draft, won this year’s G2 Arcadia S. and ran second in the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile S. As a 3-year-old last term, the St. George Farm-bred colt won the G2 Sir Beaufort S. and was third in the G1 Santa Antia Derby. Mr. Commons’s stakes-winning and graded-placed dam, Joustabout (Apalachee), has a yearling colt by CANDY RIDE (ARG) on the ground.
The late SAINT LIAM made a huge impact from his sole crop to race, which included the 2012 G3 Jaipur S. hero Upgrade. Bred by Mike Anderson Thoroughbreds, Upgrade was winning his first stakes in the Jaipur. Michelle Nihei trains the $170,000 KEESEP yearling for Dennis Narlinger.
Last but not least of Lane’s End 2012 graded-winning grads is the 4-year-old Mr. Commons. A $70,000 alum of our 2009 FTKJUL draft, the St. George Farm-bred colt won this year’s G2 Arcadia S. and ran second in the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile S. As a 3-year-old last term, he won the G2 Sir Beaufort S. and was third in the G1 Santa Antia Derby. Mr. Commons’s stakes-winning and graded-placed dam, Joustabout (Apalachee), has a yearling colt by CANDY RIDE (ARG) on the ground.
We thank and congratulate the connections of these outstanding horses!
Watch for our consignments this year at Fasig KY and NY and at Keeneland of course.