The 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale is now in the books, and it was another successful year of selling for Lane’s End Sales, and another sale in which Lane’s End sires featured prominently.

Leading our sires, of course, was the incomparable A.P. INDY, whose final crop of yearlings went through the ring. By a long margin, he is the sale’s leading sire by average, with his nine yearlings averaging $466,111. They included a $1.1 million daughter of Moonlight Sonata (Carson City), a three-parts sister to Keeneland sale topper and graded winner Wilburn, as well as the Grade 2-winning juvenile Beethoven. A full-sister to Million Seller from a half-sister to Sky Beauty brought $725,000 from Charles E. Fipke, and a daughter of MGSW Miraculous Miss went to Demi O’Byrne for $675,000.

Yearlings by SMART STRIKE were in similar demand. A half-sister to this year’s star 3yo Bodemeister made $1.3 million to the bid of agent Donato Lanni to become the sale’s top-priced filly. Stonestreet Stables went to $900,000 for a half to SW & GSP Supreme who was produced by a full-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, while Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm saw fit to go to $650,000 for a son of MGISW Hollywood Story. In all, 26 yearlings by SMART STRIKE averaged a sterling $275,769.

Yearlings by CANDY RIDE (ARG) were predictably popular. Colts out of Lake Naivasha and Maya brought $410,000 and $360,000, respectively, while a Lane’s End-consigned daughter of Violent Beauty made $350,000.

Two-time Horse of the Year CURLIN has already come up with a handful of legitimate up-and-comers from his first crop to race, and members of his second crop are just as spectacular. At September, they included a $390,000 daughter of Shackleford’s sister Baghdaria, a $300,000 half-brother to GISW Into Mischief, etc.

LEMON DROP KID saw no fewer than 15 of his yearlings make six figures, including individuals who brought $280,000, $275,000, $250,000, $220,000 (2x), etc.

CITY ZIP is a top 4 sire on the General Sire List, and savvy horsemen discovered his next generation of stars at September. They include a $170,000 colt who was produced by a half to SW & MGSP Mousse Au Chocolat; a $125,000 daughter of Velvet World, herself a daughter of SW & MGSP Her She Kisses; a $115,000 daughter of SW Aces; and a $110,000 daughter of the winner Glitter Time.

Other Lane’s End sires to star at September included ROCK HARD TEN, whose yearlings made up to $280,000 (a daughter of G1SW Catinca); LANGFUHR, who was responsible for a $285,000 colt produced by a half to his Horse of the Year Wando; MINESHAFT, sire of a $310,000 son of Lady Lyra and a $270,000 son of Lac du Printemps, etc.; DIXIE UNION, sire of 17 six-figure yearlings at September, including a $310,000 son of track-record-setter Joyful; and ENGLISH CHANNEL, sire of a $105,000 son of California Sunset, etc.

Lane’s End was Keeneland September’s second-leading consignor with gross receipts of $18,371,000. From 207 horses sold, our draft has averaged a strong $88,749, with individuals including an A.P. INDY three-parts brother to MINESHAFT’s Grade 2 winner Cool Coal Man who sold to Charles and Maribeth Sandford for $600,000; a Medaglia d’Oro colt who was produced by a full-sister to Any Given Saturday who was knocked down to J.S. Company, Ltd. for $600,000, etc.

Lane’s End thanks all the breeders, buyers and sellers who helped make the 2012 Keeneland September Sale a resounding success!

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