Come the end of the year, there is no better place to be competing than at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, and Lane’s End sires have been a key to getting there. In the past two weeks alone, runners by Lane’s End stallions have taken seven of the Win and You’re In races to earn spots in six different Breeders’ Cup races. Impressively, most of the victories were by open lengths.
The featured sires are a mix of both up-and-comers and stalwarts of the roster, led by UNION RAGS and LEMON DROP KID, who were each responsible for not one but two of the winners.
UNION RAGS’ daughter Paradise Woods romped in the Zenyatta Stakes (G1) as she went gate-to-wire and posted a 5 ¼ length victory. It was her second Grade 1 score of the year, as she also took the Santa Anita Oaks by a record-breaking 11 ¾ lengths.
The young stallion was also represented by Free Drop Billy, who won the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with ease. The 2-year-old colt took command at the head of the stretch and drew off to a 4 length victory in just his fourth career start.
Meanwhile, LEMON DROP KID’s Beach Patrol cruised in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) and posted a five length score over an accomplished field. It was his second Grade 1 victory in a row, after taking the famed Arlington Million.
LEMON DROP KID’s Romantic Vision also impressed as she was undeterred by all-day heavy rainfall and won the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (G1) easily, as she ultimately crossed the wire in front by two lengths.
Not to be outdone, CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s Separationofpowers notched her first Grade 1 in the Frizette Stakes in just her third career start. Sent off as the betting favorite, she defeated her competition by 3 ½ lengths.
Furthermore, CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s son, successful young sire TWIRLING CANDY, was represented Finley’sluckycharm, who was victorious in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2). She too was sent off as the favorite, and it was her third graded stakes victory out of her last four starts.
Finally, the late CITY ZIP was represented by the consistent Zipessa, who won the First Lady Stakes (G1) after she collared the pacesetter at the eighth pole and drew clear to win by 1½ lengths.