Lane’s End sires dominated Bill Oppeheim’s most recent APEX ranking of sires by ‘A’ Runner Index, a huge accomplishment that speaks to the quality of runners being turned out by the Lane’s End stallion roster. By way of comparison, the next two highest farms, WinStar and Darley, had four apiece, while Claiborne, Three Chimneys, Gainesway and Adena Springs had two apiece. Ashford, Hill ‘n’ Dale, Spendthrift, Walmac and Taylor Made each had only one representative.
Oppenheim’s APEX rankings show which sires regularly produce runners that exceed a defined earnings threshold. In North America in 2012, a runner must have earned $121,200 or more to quality as an ‘A’ Runner.
CANDY RIDE (ARG) was one of just five active North American sires to register an ‘A’ Runner Index of over 3.00. He had an index of 3.02 and, notably, as a $40,000 stallion, stands for at least $20,000 less than any of the other four sires, which included Bernardini ($150,000, 3.16 index) and Medaglia d’Oro ($100,000, 3.15 index).
Following in close order were MINESHAFT (2.88), SMART STRIKE (2.85), LEMON DROP KID (2.79), and PLEASANTLY PERFECT (2.68), all of whom came in ahead of the likes of Tapit, Hard Spun, Unbridled’s Song, Distorted Humor, Awesome Again and Tiznow.
Completing Lane’s End’s sextet was the confirmed rising star CITY ZIP, whose index of 2.41 was better than Street Cry, Malibu Moon, Stormy Atlantic, etc.
If Oppenheim’s list displayed the quality got by Lane’s End sires, it also showed their incredible value. Of the Top 20 sires, seven stood in Kentucky for advertised stud fees less than $60,000. Of that group, five stood at Lane’s End: CANDY RIDE (ARG), MINESHAFT ($30,000), LEMON DROP KID ($35,000), PLEASANTLY PERFECT ($10,000) and CITY ZIP ($25,000).
Oppeheim also ranked the Top 15 sires by ‘A’ runner index who are retired, exported or deceased. Impressively, Lane’s End accounted for another four sires on this list. A.P. INDY, who these days is enjoying life in retirement at Lane’s End, topped the list–and all other North American sires with more than 30 runners–with an ‘A’ Runner Index of 4.03. The pensioned KINGMAMBO had an ‘A’ Runner Index of 2.87, with the late BOWMAN’S BAND, sire of the recently crowned Eclipse Champion Groupie Doll, checking in at 2.14. ROCK HARD TEN, who stood at Lane’s End, had an index of 1.98.