The November sales season looks to be an exciting time for Lane’s End Farm with the first weanlings by Honor Code, Liam’s Map, Mr. Speaker and Tonalist set to go through the ring.
Liam’s Map’s first weanling sold at the Fasig-Tipton Sale for $95,000 and will be followed by 24 lots at Keeneland November. The son of Unbridled’s Song boasts a career record of six victories and two seconds from eight starts with earnings over $1.35 million. The gray won three black-type events, including the G1 Woodward—in which he earned a 114 Beyer Speed Figure, the co-fastest figure of 2015—and the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile where he set a new track record at Keeneland and equalled his 114 Beyer. Liam’s Map is out of the stakes-winning Trippi mare Miss Macy Sue and is a half to stakes winner Taylor S.
A number of the 24 weanlings catalogued for the Keeneland November Sale have standout pedigrees. Hip 78 is out of the Grade 1 winner Jessica Is Back, while hip 818 is a filly out of a half-sister to multiple graded winner Tommy Macho. Hip 540 from the Lane’s End consignment has a big update as he is a half to the recent GIII Franklin County S. victress Morticia. The first mares in foal to Liam’s Map that sold last year brought an average of $150,777 with the highest-priced mare fetching $450,000.
Honor Code, who is from the last crop of A.P. Indy, looks to continue his sire’s legacy at Lane’s End. The multiple Grade 1-winning Champion won six of 11 starts during his racing career and over $2.5 million in earnings. As a four-year-old Honor Code earned a 112 Beyer Speed Figure when victorious in the G1 Met Mile. He won the G1 Whitney S. at top weight and earned a 113 Beyer. He was just the ninth horse in history to win the Met Mile and Whitney in the same season. His dam is the stakes-winning Serena’s Cat and he is a half-brother to multiple graded winner Noble Tune. His second dam is the multiple graded winner Serena’s Tune, while his third dam is Champion Serena’s Song.
Honor Code’s first weanling to enter the sales ring at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale sold for $300,000. This filly is a half to graded winner Royal Mo and stakes winner Tara From the Cape. There are 19 Honor Code weanlings slated to go through the Keeneland ring, including hip 152 who is a half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner Pretty n’ Cool. Hip 173 is another outstanding pedigree, being a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Unbridled Command. Hip 837 from the Paramount Sales consignment is a half to Champion English Channel.
Classic winner Tonalist will have his first weanlings sell in November with 23 lots catalogued for Keeneland. The four-time Grade 1 winner was one of the top horses from his crop with six graded wins and earnings over $3.6 million. Tonalist is by Champion sire Tapit and descends from the female family of Champion sprinter Plugged Nickel, multiple Grade 1 winner Riskaverse and Horse of the Year Havre de Grace.
Last year, 18 mares in foal to Tonalist sold at public auction for an average of $109,722 with mares brining up to $300,000. Hip 2 at Keeneland November is out of the graded stakes-placed West Coast Swing from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly and Grade 1 winners Full Of Wonder and leading sire Smart Strike.
The Grade 1-winning millionaire Mr. Speaker will be represented by 15 weanlings at the Keeneland November Sale. The son of Pulpit won the G3 Dania Beach S. as a juvenile, the G3 Coolmore Lexington S. and the G1 Belmont Derby Invitational as a three-year-old and the G2 Commonwealth Cup as a four-year-old. Mr. Speaker has from a blue-blooded Phipps family. His dam is the graded stakes-placed Salute, who is out of Champion Personal Ensign. This is the family My Flag and Storm Flag Flying.
A few of the interesting lots by Mr. Speaker at Keeneland include hip 2024, who is from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner You and graded winner You And I Forever. Hip 1126 is out of a half to multiple graded stakes winner Lethal Heat, while hip 2323 is half to German Group 1 winner and German heighweight Protectionist.