The depth of the Lane’s End Farm stallion roster has been on display again this spring with the progeny of CANDY RIDE, QUALITY ROAD, UNION RAGS, THE FACTOR and MORNING LINE all making headlines.
Leading the way is CANDY RIDE, who is the #1 General Active Sire in North America, as well as the #1 General Sire by Group/Graded Stakes Horses and by Grade/Group 1 Stakes Horses thanks to the likes of Gun Runner, Mastery, Unified and more.
Also performing strongly is QUALITY ROAD, who is one of the Top 3 General Active Sires by Graded Stakes Winners thus far in 2017 due to the exploits of Kentucky Oaks bound Salty as well as High Ridge Road, Long Haul Bay, and Guest Suite. QUALITY ROAD also has a number of other stakes performers, including fellow Oaks contender Abel Tasman, making him the Leading Fourth Crop Sire by Black Type Winners, Black Type Horses, Graded Stakes Winners, Graded Stakes Horses, Grade 1 Stakes Horses, Starters, Winners, and Wins.
Meanwhile, UNION RAGS and THE FACTOR are battling it out at the top of the Second Crop Sires list. They are currently tied for #1 for both Black-Type Winners and Black-Type Runners.
UNION RAGS is also the #1 General Sire by percentage of Graded/Group Stakes Horses to starters. At 7.14%, he is ahead of the likes of Tapit, Uncle Mo, and Curlin. This isn’t surprising considering he finished 2016 as the leading first crop sire by Black-Type Winners, Black-Type Horses, Graded Stakes Winners, Graded Stakes Horses, and Grade 1 Stakes Horses.
As for THE FACTOR, he has had eight individual winners in April alone, including Grade 3 Illinois Derby winner Multiplier and stakes winner Cistron, and is the #2 Second Crop Sire by number of winners.
Also keep an eye on exciting first crop sire MORNING LINE, who has been well represented at the sales. He has had multiple six-figure horses, including at the OBS April sale, where he had a colt from the family of Grade 1 winner Student Council sell for $240,000 to Westbury Stables and a colt out of Angel Trumpet bring $205,000 from West Point Thoroughbreds.