Revolutionary, bred, raised and sold by Lane’s End, made us proud during a mud-soaked renewal of the G1 Kentucky Derby on May 4, skimming the rail under Calvin Borel to finish a strong third to Orb. Produced by the Grade 1 winner Runup the Colors, by A.P. INDY, he is from the immediate family of our Horse of the Year MINESHAFT.
On the Derby undercard, ENGLISH CHANNEL’s Optimizer lost little in defeat when second to Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic S., while LEMON DROP KID’s Pass the Dice ran second in the G2 Churchill Downs S.
On Friday, A.P. INDY’s son Take Charge Indy romped home by six lengths in the G2 Alysheba S. on the Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill.
Out in California, the Lane’s End-sold Liaison, a Grade 1 winner at two, pushed his career earnings past the $720,000 mark with a 1 1/2-length victory over CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s Kettle Corn in the G2 Mervyn Leroy H. at Betfair Hollywood Park.
CANDY RIDE (ARG) himself was represented by a stakes winner on the weekend when the 3yo colt Candy Bites won the Babst/Palacios Memorial H.
There were no fewer than five impressive maiden special weight winners for Lane’s End sires on Derby weekend, all 3yo fillies.
A.P. INDY accounted for two. Darley homebred Sister State, from the immediate family of Bernardini, won at Belmont, while Besilu Stable’s Profetiza, produced by a half-sister to Lane’s End’s G1 Kentucky Oaks heroine Secret Status, graduated at Churchill Downs.
CURLIN got a nice-looking debut winner up at Woodbine. The Gustav Schickedanz homebred Thats Our Princess, making her unveiling in a $65,000 open maiden special going six furlongs, aired by 4 1/4 lengths. (see video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVOKuobX4wI&list=UU0RagnaQvFUM5BJUCIxWKow)
SHAKESPEARE’s Moonlit Sonnet earned her diploma in a two-turn maiden special at Belmont, while LANGFUHR’s Irish Whisper, a daughter of the CITY ZIP mare Tishmeister, asserted by 3 1/2 lengths in a six-furlong Belmont maiden.
Congrats to all the big performers on Derby weekend!