We are now more than halfway through the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, and Lane’s End–both through our sires and our sales consignment–has been well represented on the sales sheets.

Leading our sires, of course, is 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. Thus far at September, 26 yearlings by SMART STRIKE have averaged a sterling $275,769.

Yearlings by CANDY RIDE (ARG) have been 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 has seen no fewer than 15 of his yearlings make six figures, including individuals who have 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 are discovering 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 include ROCK HARD TEN, whose yearlings have 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.

Midway through Tuesday’s eighth session, Lane’s End was Keeneland September’s second-leading consignor with gross receipts of $17,511,000. Our draft has averaged a strong $114,451, 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 have helped made the 2012 Keeneland September Sale a resounding success!

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