Lane’s End first-season sires Honor Code, Liam’s Map, Mr Speaker and Tonalist all had superb inaugural sales seasons. Honor Code led the way with a beautiful crop of weanlings that caught the eye of many prominent buyers and made him a top first-season sales sire in North America. Liam’s Map was close behind with his weanlings, which brought up to $310,000 at the sales. Mr Speaker’s weanlings averaged over three times his stud fee, while Tonalist’s weanlings proved to have physicals that match their quality pedigrees.
Dual Grade 1-winning Champion Honor Code (A.P. Indy—Serena’s Cat, by Storm Cat) tallied four graded wins throughout his career with over $2.5 million in earnings. A precocious juvenile who won the G2 Remsen S. as a two-year-old, Honor Code kept getting better with time, becoming just the ninth horse in history to win the G1 Met Mile and G1 Whitney in the same year. Honor Code is by Horse of the Year A.P. Indy and from the female family of Champion Serena’s Song. His offspring seem to be exuding blue-blooded class and have been well received. Honor Code is number two on the North American First-Season Sire List by average and median, second only to American Pharoah. From a stud fee of $40,000, Honor Code’s weanlings averaged $198,500 with a median of $180,000. His top colt went for $370,000, while his highest-priced filly was purchased for $300,000. This success has continued on into the new year with a $250,000 short yearling colt at Keeneland January. Honor Code stands the 2018 season for $40,000 LFSN.
Track record-setting G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map (Unbridled’s Song—Miss Macy Sue, by Trippi) had a stellar racing career with six wins and two second-place finishes from eight career starts and over $1.3 million in earnings. The brilliantly fast son of Unbridled’s Song ran triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures on six occasions, topping his career with 114 Beyers in his G1 Woodward and G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victories. Liam’s Map is out of the stakes-winning Trippi mare Miss Macy Sue and is a half-brother to graded winner Not This Time and black-type victress Taylor S. The stunning gray, who was an $800,000 Keeneland September yearling, had an outstanding first sales season with weanling colts going for up to $310,000 and fillies for as much as $150,000. He is third on the North American First-Crop Sire List by both average and median with figures of $143,571 and $132,500, respectively, from a $25,000 stud fee. Buyers such as Calumet Farm, Hunter Valley Farm and bloodstock agent Dennis O’Neill were quick to purchase these weanlings. Two Liam’s Map short yearlings have sold so far this season. Both of these fillies were purchased for $150,00, one at Keeneland January, while the other was one of the session-topping short yearlings at OBS January. Liam’s Map stands for $25,000 LFSN.
Phipps homebred Mr Speaker (Pulpit—Salute, by Unbridled) hails from the immediate family of Champions Personal Ensign and Storm Flag Flying. There are 15 graded winners under his first three dams, including Grade 1 winners My Flag, Miner’s Mark and Traditionally. It’s no wonder then that Mr Speaker became one of the country’s premier middle-distance turf runners of his generation. The steadfast bay earned graded victories as a two, three and four-year-old, including the G1 Belmont Derby Invitational. He won six races from 18 lifetime starts, including four graded affairs, with earnings exceeding $1.2 million. From an affordable first-season stud fee of $10,000, Mr Speaker’s initial weanlings to sell at auction averaged $32,080 with a median of $30,000 and had sales up to $70,000. A short yearling filly by Mr Speaker was purchased for $65,000 at OBS January while a colt went for $40,000 at Keeneland January. Mr Speaker stands the 2018 season for $10,000 LFSN.
Tonalist (Tapit—Settling Mist, by Pleasant Colony), a four-time Grade 1 winner with earnings eclipsing $3.6 million, was one of the most consistent horses of his crop. The Classic winner was victorious in Grade 1s at one mile, 1 1/4 miles and 1 1/2 miles. He posted an outstanding 11 triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures during his 16-race career and is Tapit’s most accomplished son standing at stud. He is from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Riskaverse, Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and Champion Plugged Nickle. Tonalist’s first weanlings sold for an average of $86,294 and a median of $70,000, ranking him amongst the top ten leading first-crop sires in both categories from a $30,000 stud fee. Tonalist’s highest-priced weanling colt brought $260,000 and his leading filly fetched $175,000. This success has carried over to the new year with a $120,000 Keeneland January short yearling filly. Tonalist stands for $20,000 LFSN in 2018.