September 30, 2014

With 211 horses sold for a staggering $28,581,700, Lane’s End Sales led all consignors by gross at the recently concluded Keeneland September Yearling Sale. That total was nearly $2 million clear of the runner-up consignment, which offered 65 more horses, and was nearly 3x the gross sales of the fourth-ranked consignment. Horses selling from Lane’s End averaged $135,458, a 36.4% improvement on the sale average.

The reason for Lane’s End’s success was a deep draft of quality yearlings. It included the sale’s second-highest-priced filly, a Lane’s End-bred daughter of Dubawi (Ire) who realized a bid of $1.45 million from Flaxman Stables Ireland. The filly was produced by Will Farish’s G1 Epsom Oaks heroine Casual Look, and went to a longtime and valued Lane’s End client in the Niarchos Family.

“She is out of an Oaks winner, so we’re very pleased to get her,” said Flaxman rep Charlie Vaughan-Fowler. “She is an absolutely beautiful filly who handled the sale very well.”

Lane’s End’s outstanding client base wasn’t just buying horses from our draft, of course. Supplying some of the best-bred, best-prepared yearlings at September, they gave Lane’s End the chance to offer gems including a Tiznow half-brother to Majestic Warrior who sold to John Oxley for $1.35 million. Trainer Mark Casse signed for the son of Grade 1 winner Dream Supreme who was bred by the Steinbrenner family’s Kinsman Farm.

“We just liked everything about him,” Casse said. “He’s a big, strong athlete. He has a stallion’s pedigree, and we loved him. We knew he wasn’t going to be cheap. When you have a horse that checks all the boxes, they never are.”

Another Lane’s End client who, like Kinsman Farm, enjoyed a huge September was Greg Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Farm. Lane’s End and Mt. Brilliant teamed up to sell three horses for $425,000 or more, including an $850,000 Tapit full-brother to recent G3 Monmouth Oaks heroine Cassatt. John Ferguson purchased the colt.

In all, Lane’s End sold a total of 83 six-figure horses at September. Forty-nine of those sold for $200,000 or more, 26 brought $300,000 or more, and 16 made $400,000 or more. Remarkably, 8 Lane’s End-consigned horses sold for $600,000 or more.

Many of the most coveted yearlings at September weren’t only sold by Lane’s End. They were by Lane’s End sires. Early in the sale, Clarkland Farm sold a CURLIN half-sister to champion Beholder for $1.1 million. Perennial leading sire SMART STRIKE saw a granddaughter of champion Heavenly Prize bring $700,000 to the bid of bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, while Mike Ryan paid $500,000 for a SMART STRIKE half-brother to the Grade 1 filly Charm the Maker. A total of nine SMART STRIKE yearlings brought $300,000-plus.

CANDY RIDE (ARG) went one better by that metric, led by a $475,000 half-sister to the graded performer Sawyer’s Hill who sold to Winchell Thoroughbreds. Mark Casse nabbed two yearlings by CANDY RIDE, a filly and a colt, for $450,000 each, while Juddmonte Farms went to $460,000 for a CANDY RIDE colt out of SW Cat Charmer.

Six yearlings by LEMON DROP KID brought $300,000 or more, including a $500,000 colt who sold to Al Shahania Stud. Yearlings by MINESHAFT sold for $440,000 and $375,000, while yearlings by CITY ZIP sold for up to $250,000.

Lane’s End thanks its clientele for another outstanding September, and wishes everyone the best of racing luck in the future!

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