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.
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!