It’s been an exciting first week at the November Sales for Lane’s End sires, especially for our up-and-coming stallions.
Mares carrying members of the first crop of the GI Belmont S. winner UNION RAGS have been in predictable demand. The first mare through the ring this year in foal to UNION RAGS, the stakes-winning Maid of Heaven (Empire Maker), made $400,000 at Fasig-Tipton. William Reightler was the buyer.
At Keeneland November, other mares in foal to UNION RAGS included the $330,000 Ingenue (Mr. Greeley), as well as mares that sold for $260,000, $180,000, etc. Buyers have included Dixiana, Calumet, Gainesway and the Sextons.
It was a similar story for mares selling in foal to the two-time Grade 1 winner The Factor. The very first mare in foal to the brilliant young stallion realized a bid of $450,000 at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale. Dancing Trieste (Old Trieste), whose 2yo son Giovanni Boldini ran a bang-up second in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, was hammered down to Blandford Bloodstock for $450,000. Buyers of mares in foal to The Factor at Keeneland include John and Martha J. Mulholland, Machmer Hall and Gilbert G. Campbell.