Lane’s End has achieved a global stature that no other North American operation exceeds.

Dear Friends,

We welcome you to our website. This site will be a helpful tool allowing you access to daily updates on our stallions and sales results as well as the ability to submit an application to a stallion or a sales entry. If you are a fan of Thoroughbred racing and breeding we hope you will enjoy touring the Lane’s End site and reading and hearing about our farm services and stallions. Our clients can also access information on their horses through a password protected area.

Our goal at Lane’s End is to offer services tailored for every aspect of the sport, from matings, auction representation, and bloodstock counseling. We welcome and encourage your participation in this great sport.

Sincerely,

Will Farish

About Us
Lane’s End,

owned by Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish, is one of the world’s premier Thoroughbred farms encompassing more than 2,300 acres in Woodford County in the heart of Central Kentucky. In addition to the acreage in Woodford County, Lane’s End leases an additional thousand acres in Fayette County known as our Oak Tree Division and in Texas we operate Lane’s End Texas near Hempstead. Currently standing at stud at Lane’s End are such leading sires as SMART STRIKE, CANDY RIDE, LEMON DROP KID, MINESHAFT, and CITY ZIP.

A native of Houston, Texas, Will Farish is a lifelong horseman who raced his first stakes winner, KASKASKIA, in 1967 and has since raced more than 165 stakes winners and bred more than 300 stakes winners, including the 2003 Horse of the Year MINESHAFT, the 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. INDY, 1999 Horse of the Year CHARISMATIC, and Champion LEMON DROP KID. He was the first breeder since A. J. Alexander in 1880 to breed or co-breed two horses (CHARISMATIC and LEMON DROP KID) who combined to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont in the same year. In 1992 and in 1999 he was honored with an Eclipse Award as the year’s leading breeder.

Lane’s End also has an extraordinary record at the sales, as the leading consignor on 26 occasions and as the seller of more than 365 stakes winners, including such champions as A.P. INDY, SAINT LIAM, RAGS TO RICHES, and LEMON DROP KID.

Farish served as Chairman of the Board of Churchill Downs from 1992 to 2001, has been a Steward and Vice Chairman of The Jockey Club, a Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Breeders’ Cup, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Keeneland Association. In 2006, Farish was appointed as a trustee to the Keeneland Association. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James and served in that role for three years.

“The beauty of this land made us breathless. We put a lot of thought into Lane’s End and I did a lot of planning before we began developing the farm”

-Will Farish

Farm History

1829

The Farish home, once known as Pleasant Lawn, was built.

1875

One year before the Battle of the Big Horn, General George Custer came to Bosque Bonita to buy cavalry remounts.

A portion of the Lane’s End property was formerly Bosque Bonita Farm (“Beautiful Woods”) a Thoroughbred farm owned by Abe Buford, a general for the Confederacy. Bosque Bonita was later owned by leading horseman John H. Morris. MANNIE GRAY, the dam of the great DOMINO, was raised at Bosque Bonita and LEAMINGTON, sire of the first Kentucky Derby winner ARISTIDES, stood at stud there.

1979

The first 240 acres of what would become Lane’s End was purchased.

1985

Lane’s End opened its stallion division with a new, 20-stall barn.

1990

Lane’s End built an entirely new stallion complex, consisting of three eight-stall barns, a breeding shed and stallion courtyard. The complex was completed and the stallions were relocated to this part of the property fronting on Midway Road.

1992

Eclipse Award as Leading Breeder

2004

More acreage on Midway Road was purchased.

2009

New foaling barn was built.

2010

Eclipse Award of Merit

2011

Named Leading Stud Farm in North America for 12th time

2013

Keeneland’s leading consignor for the 23rd time

Will Farish

A native of Houston, Texas, Will Farish is a lifelong horseman who raced his first stakes winner, KASKASKIA, in 1967 and has since raced more than 165 stakes winners. Lane’s End and partners have bred more than 290 stakes winners, including the 2003 Horse of the Year MINESHAFT, the 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. INDY, 1999 Horse of the Year CHARISMATIC, and Champion LEMON DROP KID. He was the first breeder since A. J. Alexander in 1880 to breed or co-breed two horses (CHARISMATIC and LEMON DROP KID) who combined to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont in the same year.

Farish served as Chairman of the Board of Churchill Downs from 1992 to 2001, has been a Steward and Vice Chairman of The Jockey Club, a Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Breeders’ Cup, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Keeneland Association. In 2006, Farish was appointed as a trustee to the Keeneland Association. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s and served in that role for three years.

Bill Farish

Bill Farish and his family live on the farm. Bill is involved in all aspects of the operations at Lane’s End and is very active in promoting the Thoroughbred industry. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Breeders’ Cup, a post that he previously held for five years (2006-2011). He is also Chairman of Horse PAC and is member of the Board of Trustees of Keeneland Association, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Foundation.


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