A strong renewal of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale was propelled forward in part due to hot demand for yearlings by Lane’s End sires.

First-year sire QUALITY ROAD, the multiple-track-record-setting son of Elusive Quality, was among the standouts. His two yearlings on offer at Saratoga sold minutes apart. First, hip 128, a half-brother to SW Fastongrass, sold to Ingordo Bloodstock for $300,000. Hip 135, a son of SW Storm Minstrel, then realized $275,000 from Redwings and Phase II.

QUALITY ROAD is currently the third-leading first-crop sire by yearling average (with 2 or more to sell), with four of six sold for an average of $162,250.

Also at Saratoga, a colt by CURLIN out of Party Chatter sold to Stonestreet Stables for $475,000. The colt, catalogued as hip 102, is a half-sibling to stakes winner Rock Candy (MINESHAFT) and SP Status Pending.

LEMON DROP KID had a pair of colts bring $350,000. A son of SP Present Danger sold to Robert Baker and William Mack as hip 104; he was followed by a son of Stormy B who went to Starlight Racing as hip 137. LEMON DROP KID’s third yearling in the sale, a half-sister to G2SW Raw Silk, sold to Gary Contessa for $290,000.

Yearlings by SMART STRIKE were, predictably, hot commodities. Four sold for $200,000 or more, including hip 110, a daughter of Grade 2 winner Roshani who as hammered down to Winter Quarter Farm for $260,000.

CANDY RIDE, whose yearlings are always in demand, only had one on offer and he sold for $250,000 to Grey Goose Stable. Out of multiple stakes winner Valid Warning, he is a half-brother to G3 winner Elusive Warning.

Lane’s End Sales also enjoyed a big two days at the Spa. Transactions from our consignment included a $335,000 half-brother to Breeders’ Cup winner Regally Ready who sold to Randy Gullatt. Lane’s End, agent for Smitten Farm, sold a $325,000 Speightstown half-brother to last year’s good juvenile Delhomme (Dixie Union). Ingordo Bloodstock signed the winning slip. Lane’s End also sold hip 131, a Tiznow filly from the family of champion Shanghai Bobby who went to Mike Ryan for $325,000.

Whether you’re buyer or selling, Lane’s End means success at the sales!

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