May 1, 2014
The two most prestigious races for 3-year-olds in the country, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, will be held this week, and Lane’s End sires past and present have left their mark all over both races.
In Friday’s Oaks, four contenders are by Lane’s End sires, and three are out of mares by Lane’s End sires.
They include CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s streaking Sugar Shock, who has crossed the wire first in her last four, including a gutsy gate-to-post win last out in the G3 Fantasy S. Bred by Pam and Marty Wygod, the filly’s a Lane’s End Sales grad.
LEMON DROP KID’s daughter Lemons Forever won the Kentucky Oaks off a win in the G3 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway, and now his daughter Aurelia’s Belle will attempt the same double.
CURLIN’s daughter Please Explain, out of a PINE BLUFF mare, was a dominating six-length winner of the Suncoast S. at Tampa in February, while A.P. INDY’s daughter Got Lucky has now been runner-up in three Grade 2 races.
The aforementioned Lemons Forever, meanwhile, is the dam of Unbridled Forever; My Miss Sophia is out of a LANGFUHR mare.
CURLIN has his second Classic contender of the weekend in the form of Derby hopeful Ride On Curlin, the G1 Arkansas Derby runner-up who has impressed in the mornings at Churchill.
CANDY RIDE (ARG) has another, too, with the G2 Robert B. Lewis S. winner Candy Boy wearing the colors of breeders Lee and Susan Searing.
To cap it off, Chitu is out of an A.P. INDY mare, and Uncle Sigh is out of a PINE BLUFF mare.
Have Classic aspirations? Look to Lane’s End. And good luck to all the hopefuls!