April 25, 2016
It’s been a blockbuster month for Lane’s End sires, with nearly every stallion on the roster hitting a high note in April.
CANDY RIDE (ARG), whose son Gun Runner is the #1 pointgetter atop the Kentucky Derby standings, was named the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund’s Sire of the Year during a luncheon at Keeneland Apr. 21.
That was announced on the same day a 2-year-old colt by CANDY RIDE made $875,000 at OBS April to the bid of Dennis O’Neill. It was the second-highest price of the auction.
CANDY RIDE had two graded winners on the month, too—Lane’s End’s homebred Eagle won the $200,000 Ben Ali S. at Keeneland, while the hugely talented TDN Rising Star Unified remained unbeaten in the G3 Bay Shore S. at Aqueduct.
On on the West Coast, CITY ZIP’s daughter Finest City lowered the Los Alamitos course record when she upended heavily favored Fantastic Style in the G2 Great Lady M S. From a LEMON DROP KID mare, Finest City rallied powerfully to stop the clock in 1:14.48 for the 6 1/2 furlongs.
CITY ZIP’s 3-year-old son Collected added to the April tally with a smart 4-length tally in the G3 Coolmore Lexington S. at Keeneland.
Also in Lexington, LEMON DROP KID’s son Da Big Hoss posted another graded win after shooting up the rail to victory in the $250,000 G2 Dixiana Elkhorn S.
MINESHAFT has been on a roll of late, and wins didn’t come bigger than Weep No More’s upset score in the G1 Ashland S. at Keeneland. Well back in a small-but-tough field of five, Weep No More unleashed a stunning rally to beat Rachel’s Valentina, Cathryn Sophia and Carina Mia in a blanket finish.
MINESHAFT’s son Effinex confirmed his status as one of the best older horses in the nation with a popular victory in the $750,000 G2 Oaklawn Park H. on Apr. 16, which came at the expense of the recent G1 Santa Anita H. winner Melatonin.
On the same card, MINESHAFT’s 3-year-old son Suddenbreakingnews put himself right in the Derby mix with a late-running second in the G1 Arkansas Derby.
QUALITY ROAD is another sire who’s enjoying a big 2016, and with the likes of Blofeld, Marengo Road and Frank Conversation flying his flag, he is the #1 Third-Crop Sire in the nation by a wide margin.
QUALITY ROAD had four horses bring six figures at the OBS April Sale, led by a session-topping $775,000 filly out of Over Andover who was hammered down to Linda Rice. QUALITY ROAD also had a colt from Summer Savory sell for $250,000.
Juveniles by the THE FACTOR continue to be in high demand. He had half-dozen six-figure horses at OBS April, including a $420,000 filly from the Eddie Woods consignment who sold to agent Steve Young. It was the highest price paid for 2-year-old filly by a freshman sire at the sale.
Offspring by TWIRLING CANDY just keep getting better and better as they mature, and the #2 Second-Crop Sire in the nation just his latest stakes winner when Uptown Twirl, a $630,000 2-year-old purchase, gamely captured the Surfside S. at Los Alamitos Apr. 24. TWIRLING CANDY now has 4 black-type winners to his credit.
Last but not least, UNION RAGS had his first starter—and his first winner—when Lady Stardust pulled clear to a 5 1/2-length win as the favorite in an Aqueduct maiden special Apr. 20. Keep an eye out for his exciting juveniles at the track this summer!