Horses with Lane’s End connections won four graded stakes over the weekend, while our red-hot freshman sire CURLIN added another new winner to his total.
During Keeneland’s Fall Stars opening weekend, LEMON DROP KID’s 2yo son Balance the Books established himself as one of the favorites for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf with an eye-catching win in the G3 Bourbon S. A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, the Bourbon drew a deep 12-horse field, and it was a measure of Balance the Books’ estimation among bettors that he was sent off the 4-5 choice. Balance the Books sat last but one through the opening three quarters before unleashing a huge run on the outside. In mid-stretch, a chain reaction to his inside led to the handsome colt being knocked hard, but he came on charging to get his nose down on the line. Bred by Scott C Heider & Knowles Bloodstock, Balance the Books is owned by Klaravich Stables Inc. & William Lawrence and is trained by Chad Brown.
On the same day, Lane’s End Sales graduate In Lingerie secured the first Grade 1 of her career by beating her elders in the G1 Spinster S. in convincing fashion. The Colts Neck Stables-bred 3yo filly, a member of our 2010 Keeneland September draft, has now won four of her seven career starts and earned $712,265 for owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Gary Barber. Todd Pletcher trains In Lingerie, who will likely make her next start in a Breeders’ Cup race. From the TDN: “In Lingerie is out of GII Nassau County S. winner Cat Chat (Storm Cat), a daughter of 1993 champion 2-year- old filly Phone Chatter (Phone Trick) [who has]…a pair CANDY RIDE (ARG) fillies foaled in 2011 and 2012.”
A.P. INDY’s juvenile daughter DREAMING OF JULIA booked her own ticket to the Breeders’ Cup with a thrilling, hard-fought victory in the G1 Frizette S. at Belmont Park. A daughter of MG1SW Dream Rush, the Spendthrift-bred, Stonestreet-owned filly battled the length of the stretch with My Happy Face and asserted to best that one by a head.
At Hawthorne, Bill Farish’s Grade 1-winning veteran Pool Play rallied to capture the $500,000 G2 Hawthorne Gold Cup by a half-length. Hero of the G1 Stephen Foster H. in 2011 and making just his second career start on conventional dirt, Pool Play was full of run under jockey Miguel Mena and improved his career earnings to $1,240,615. A.P. INDY’s Breeders’ Cup-winning son El Daafer was third. A half-sister to Pool Play, the Bluegrass Cat mare Field of Clover, sells as hip 406 this November at Keeneland from Lane’s End’s consignment. The winning 4yo mare is offered on an early Feb. 25 cover to QUALITY ROAD.
Lane’s End sires were also getting it done in South America. The 2yo colt Sheriff Pete became the latest group/graded winner for leading sire MINESHAFT after taking down the G2 Clasico Gustavo Prado Heudebert. The feat was especially impressive, given that he was racing against many horses who were half a year older, and the victory came over 10 furlongs on the grass. Sheriff Pete, bred by Kilroy Thoroughbreds, was a Lane’s End Sales grad.
It was another Lane’s End sales grad who provided SMART STRIKE with his own latest graded/group winner. May Be Now, a 4yo filly by North America’s two-time leading sire, won the G2 Grande Premio Marciano de Aguiar Moreira for owner Stud Rio Dois Irmaos. Bred by Brad Kelley, the filly is a three-parts sister to ENGLISH CHANNEL’s graded performer Ann of the Dance.
Last but not least, our standout freshman sire CURLIN, SMART STRIKE’s brilliant two-time Horse of the Year, was represented by his eighth individual winner at Santa Anita. The 2yo filly Moulin de Mougin, making her second career start in a $48,000 maiden special weight, drove clear to a one-length success for owner/breeder Ran Jan Racing Inc. The Richard Mandella-conditioned miss was produced by MGSW Cambiocorsa.
Congrats to the connections of these talented horses – see you at the Breeders’ Cup!