Through the first two juvenile sales of the year, Lane’s End stallions Noble Mission (GB), Quality Road and Union Rags have done remarkably well. The trio boasts standout individual sales with some of the top bloodstock agents in the industry signing the tickets.

Champion Noble Mission (GB) (Galileo {Ire}—Kind {Ire}, by Danehill) saw solid early two-year-old sales with three juveniles averaging $151,557 at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream and OBS March auctions. Even though Noble Missions has a high-quality turf pedigree, his offspring covered the OBS synthetic and Gulfstream dirt tracks impressively during the under-tack shows. At the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale, a Pennsylvania-bred colt from the female family of Summer Raven, Lewis Bay and Winslow Homer brought $120,000. In that same sale, a filly from the family of Grade 1 winner Passing Shot garnered $235,000 from Lane’s End Bloodstock, agent for West Point Thoroughbreds. Earlier this month, a filly by Noble Mission out of Forgotten Miss was purchased for $100,000 after a snappy breeze in 10 flat at OBS March.

Classic winner Union Rags (Dixie Union—Tempo, by Gone West) has started the 2018 sales season exceptionally well. A Florida-bred colt by Union Rags out of Frolic’s Appeal lead the way at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale for the stallion at $750,000. After breezing in :21.1, the colt caught the eye of prominent bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, who purchased the horse on behalf of Sheikh bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. Consignor Hoby Kight told the TDN, “I love the sire. I think he is going to get another big horse.” At the same auction, a colt out of Majestic Jewel was scooped up by influential agent Steve Young for $450,000, while a colt out of Changing Plans went to Solis/Litt for $300,000. Union Rags currently has an average of $333,500 and a median of $337,500 for his two-year-old sales in 2018.

Leading fifth-crop sire Quality Road (Elusive Quality—Kobla, by Strawberry Road {Aus}) is on track for yet another admirable juvenile sales season. After going in :10 at the Fasig-Tipton breeze show, a colt out of Akron Moon was purchased by Kaleem Shah for $800,000 to become one of the highest-priced fillies of the sale. Simon Callaghan, who will train the filly, said of the horse, “She is a typical Quality Road, a very stretchy filly who I think will be a two-turn filly down the road. I have been lucky with the stallion. The stallion couldn’t be any hotter than he is at the moment and she ticked all the boxes.”

This is the second big sale in a row for Quality Road after a filly out of Love This Kitty was purchased by White Birch Farm for $750,000 at OBS March. Quality Road has a two-year-old sales average of $363,000 and a median of $130,000 so far in 2018.

The two-year-old auction season will continue April 24-27 with the OBS April Sale. There are 11 hips by Noble Mission (GB), 12 by Quality Road and 14 lots by Union Rags cataloged for the upcoming auction.

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