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.
The racing world is eagerly awaiting the progeny of QUALITY ROAD to hit the track–it happens in 2014–and the mares who sold in foal to the GI Met Mile hero at the November sales underscore that there’s plenty of quality in the pipeline. They include Worthwhilepursuit, a half to GSW Disposablepleasure who sold for $125,000 at KEENOV; and MSW & MGSP Dance Away Capote, hammered at $100,000.
The GI King’s Bishop hero DISCREETLY MINE has seen several of his second-crop yearlings sell well. A Lane’s End-consigned colt from the dispersal of E. Paul Robsham Stables, produced by the Grade 1-performing juvenile Collegiate (Saarland), sold at Keeneland November for $120,000. Alex Solis and Jason Litt purchased the outstanding bay while Woods Edge Farm purchased a $110,000 colt out of Leisurely Kin. Mares in foal to Discreetly Mine were purchased by such buyers as Blandford Bloodstock and Calumet.
TWIRLING CANDY‘s first weanlings are already generating a buzz. They included a half-brother to the smart 2yo filly Stonetastic who sold for $135,000 at Fasig-Tipton November. The dynamic TWIRLING CANDY won the seven-furlong G1 Malibu S. in 1:19 3/5 and missed by just a head in the G1 Pacific Classic over 1 1/4 miles.
Also, if you’re making plans for the 2014 breeding season, you’d be remiss to omit Lane’s End’s latest addition, Tiznow’s outstanding Grade 1-winning son MORNING LINE, winner of the G1 Carter H. and outstanding value at an introductory fee of $10,000.
Keep an eye on the young guns as Lane’s End is known as a sire-making operation!