May 25, 2016

With the 2-year-old sales season nearing an end, Lane’s End’s THE FACTOR has cemented his status as the leading first-crop sire in North America with a sale average of $185,281. That, after a huge two days at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale that saw the top three juveniles by a freshman sire all sired by the THE FACTOR.

In total, 27 juveniles by THE FACTOR have sold this spring for an average of more than 12x THE FACTOR’s stud fee of $15,000.

To put that into perspective, Bodemeister, the second-leading first-crop sire, has a sale multiple of 6x.

At Fasig-Tipton Midlantic, a daughter of THE FACTOR was the auction’s second-highest-priced filly after Stonestreet Stables went to $510,000 for the beautiful gray miss. Consigned by Eddie Woods, the filly was produced by a half to the G1SW Buddy Gil.

“She is a big, rangy filly and very balanced, correct and a good mover,” said Michael Hernon, representing the ownership group that sold her. “She breezed here very well, [and] came right on the day.”

The filly, the top lot for a freshman sire at Timonium, was one of three breakout horses for THE FACTOR at the sale. They included the top-priced colt by a first-crop sire, a colt from the mare Tina’s Goal who went to St. Elias Stable for $400,000; and a filly from the mare You’re Beingplayed who sold to Orrin and Lee Ann Ingram for $300,000.

Earlier in the year, a colt by THE FACTOR from the family of Eight Belles topped the Barretts March Sale at $460,000. Narvick International purchased that colt, from the Wavertree Stables consignment.

THE FACTOR is the only freshman sire in North America to have sired a sale topper at the 2-year-old sales.

THE FACTOR got a session topper a few weeks later at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale when Jamie McCalmont saw off David Redvers and Shadwell for a 350,000gns colt out of the stakes-winning Sweet Belle.

“He did a fabulous breeze,” said McCalmont, acting on behalf of a partnership between Coolmore and Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables. “I don’t think there is another here with a stride like him, and it was especially impressive as ground conditions weren’t in his favour. This horse is very much like those by the sire I have seen and he has a great constitution—he was still bucking in the pre-parade ring tonight! He goes back to the US to be trained.”

Other juveniles back THE FACTOR have sold for $420,000, $375,000, $310,000, etc.

Keep an eye out at Barretts May and the OBS June Sale for more exciting prospects by THE FACTOR!

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