May 19, 2014
Beginning on Friday and running through the Preakness Stakes, Lane’s End sires had a huge weekend at Pimlico…and around North America.
In the G1 Preakness, the second leg of America’s Triple Crown, CURLIN’s son Ride On Curlin ran a valiant second to California Chrome. The Lane’s End Sales grad, who was bred by longtime clients G. Watts Jr. and Louise I. Humphrey, was second last at the first call and put in a resolute rally to run the Kentucky Derby hero to 1 1/2 lengths. Ride On Curlin will aim to play Triple Crown spoiler in the G1 Belmont S. and give CURLIN a second straight win in the 1 1/2-mile Classic, following Palace Malice’s victory last year. Ride On Curlin is owned by Daniel Dougherty and trained by William Gowan.
On the Preakness undercard, SMART STRIKE’s son Utley registered a much-deserved first graded win in the G2 Longines Dixie S. The half to champion Rainbow View and G1SW Just as Well (A.P. INDY) is an Augustin Stable homebred who is trained by Jonathan Sheppard. Back in third was another son of SMART STRIKE, Chamois.
LEMON DROP KID’s daughter Somali Lemonade continued her recent roll with a gutsy wire-to-wire win in the G3 Gallorette H. for owner/breeder Caroline Forgason, while another by LEMON DROP KID, the progressive sprinter Lemon Drop Dream, ran on for second in the G3 Maryland Sprint H.
Also at Pimlico, the Lane’s End-bred, -raised and -raced Class Leader stamped himself as a horse to watch in the sophomore division when he improved his record to 3 wins from 5 starts in the $100,000 Sir Barton S. From MGSW Class Kris, the handsome colt was winning his first stakes for the Neil Howard barn.
In another $100,000 stakes on the card for 3yos, the grassy James W. Murphy S., it was LANGFUHR’s son Wallyanna who rallied clear by an impressive 4 3/4 lengths.
A day prior, two daughters of MINESHAFT ran second and third in the Friday feature, the $500,000 G2 Black-Eyed Susan. Vero Amore just missed winner Stopchargingmaria by a neck, with Fortune Pearl back in third.
To cap it all off, the Lane’s End-bred and -sold Revolutionary, by the late WAR PASS, flew home late to win the G3 Pimlico Special S., which pushed his career earnings to over $1.3 million.
Away from Pimlico, the wins just kept on coming.
LEMON DROP KID’s 3yo filly Lemon Point ran third in the $98,000 Wait a While S. at Belmont Park on May 18. On the same card, ENGLISH CHANNEL’s Corporate Culture made all in an $80,000 allowance, while the Lane’s End-bred and -owned Special Agent, a 3yo Medaglia d’Oro son of our MG1SW Secret Status (A.P. INDY), graduated in a 10-furlong maiden special on the turf.
At Churchill, CITY ZIP’s Avicii, a 3yo filly, won a 7f allowance, and the late DIXIE UNION’s Dynamic Decision, a 3yo colt, won second-out in a $50,000 maiden special. At Woodbine, LEMON DROP KID’s graded-placed 3yo filly Unspurned won off by 3 3/4 lengths in a $62,000 allowance.
The weekend wasn’t without some international exploits, too, however. In the G1 Singapore International Cup in Malaysia, SMART STRIKE’s 5yo son Smoking Sun beat some of the world’s best middle-distance performers, including the likes of Military Attack (Ire), when runner-up to winner Lucky Nine (Ire), who set a new course record in the $2.4 million event.
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