July 22, 2015
With 40 individual stakes winners, 15 graded winners and over $31.7 million in cumulative earnings, active Lane’s End stallions have dominated the General Sire List this season. Three of the nation’s Top 13 sires are Lane’s End stallions, and an impressive four of the Top 20 are sons of the great A.P. Indy.
Ranked fourth on the General Sire List is CANDY RIDE (ARG), who has risen from humble origins to be one of the nation’s elite stallions. His seven 2015 stakes winners including the champion Shared Belief, winner of the G1 Santa Anita H. in March, as well as the Grade 2 winner Chocolate Ride. CANDY RIDE (ARG) is also the sire of the Grade 3-winning sophomore Dubai Sky, a full-brother to the outstanding young Lane’s End stallion TWIRLING CANDY.
Speaking of TWIRLING CANDY, he is currently the co-leading freshman sire with four first-crop winners, and is the second-leading freshman sire in the nation by earnings. Impressively, all four of his winners have come in maiden special company at the country’s best tracks. The $630,000 OBSMAR grad Uptown Twirl won at Santa Anita; the $180,000 KEESEP grad Twirling Cinnamon won at Churchill Downs; the $105,000 BARMAR 2yo Annie’s Candy romped at Los Alamitos; and Queen of Silence won at Gulfstream.
CITY ZIP was the only sire in 2014 with four Grade 1 winners, and he’s continued to be red-hot in 2015 as the nation’s #13 sire. He has six stakes winners thus far on the year, including the G2 Swale S. winner Ready for Rye, the G3 Carry Back S. winner Grand Bili, and the G3 Lone Star Park winner Majestic City. Last year’s Champion Sprinter Work All Week, meanwhile, continues to gear up to defend his title in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, while CITY ZIP’s newest crop includes the 2-year-old filly Stays in Vegas, who won the Juan Gonzalez Memorial S. on debut for the Jerry Hollendorfer barn.
MINESHAFT’s Effinex proved he belongs among the top handicap horses in the country with a gutsy victory in the $500,000 G2 Suburban H., won by a neck over the multiple Grade 1 winner, Tonalist.
MINESHAFT and Tonalist’s sire Tapit, a son and grandson, respectively, both underscore the enduring legacy of A.P. INDY, who continues to make waves with the last of his runners. There was no more impressive performance this year than HONOR CODE’s last-to-first rally in the G1 Met Mile H. The Lane’s End and Dell Ridge colorbearer flew home to defeat TONALIST and eight others in one of the deepest-ever renewal of the Met Mile, which included the likes of Private Zone, Tamarkuz, Wicked Strong and Bayern.