May 20, 2015
A lively two days of trading at Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic 2yo Sale featured several standouts by young Lane’s End sires. A filly by last year’s leading freshman sire QUALITY ROAD sold for $800,000—the third-highest price of the auction, and among the highest in the sale’s history. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, who owns the recent Kentucky Derby participant Mubtaahij (Ire), purchased the filly. Eddie Woods consigned the daughter of the G1 Hollywood Starlet heroine Diplomat Lady. The filly was bred by Southern Equine Stables.
The transaction added to a huge spring for QUALITY ROAD. A top 10 sire by juvenile average in 2015, QUALITY ROAD has seen 14 of 16 on offer sell for an average of $243,687. Individuals have brought $400,000 (2), $280,000, $260,000, $250,000 (2), etc. QUALITY ROAD has four catalogued at the final 2yo auction of the year, the OBS June Sale.
Fellow second-crop sire DISCREETLY MINE has also enjoyed a big 2yo sales season. At Midlantic, a smooth-striding colt by the MINESHAFT stallion was hammered down to Abdullah Saeed Almaddah for $330,000. Grassroots Training & Sales consigned the colt, who was bred by Manuel Andrade.
Of course, it wasn’t just Lane’s End’s young sires who shone in Maryland. A filly by the late, great SMART STRIKE topped the auction at a sale-record $1.25 million when selling to agent Ben McElroy. The filly, offered by Eddie Woods and another bred by Southern Equine, was produced by a stakes-winning full-sister to G1SW Majestic Warrior.