Feb. 2, 2017
The Kentucky Derby is just three months away, and no farm has more contenders for the roses than Lane’s End.
Of the Top 15 horses on the Derby leaderboard, no fewer than 4 are by Lane’s End sires.
Leading the way is CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s unbeaten Mastery, who was the co-second betting choice among individual horses in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2, which closed Jan. 29.
At 9-1, Mastery has all the ingredients of a Derby horse. He’s trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. He won the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity by a dominating 7 1/4 lengths. And his sire CANDY RIDE is a proven source of 10-furlong horses, with sons Shared Belief and Misremembered both Grade 1 winners at America’s Classic distance.
QUALITY ROAD is the only sire to have more than one horses in the Top 15 at present. The Lane’s End-bred Guest Suite put himself squarely on the Derby trail with a professional score in the G3 Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds. Guest Suite is just living up to his Classic pedigree—he’s from the family of Lane’s End’s living legend A.P. Indy.
QUALITY ROAD is also the sire of Kaleem Shah’s Klimt, impressive winner of last year’s G1 Del Mar Futurity and G2 Best Pal S.
Last year’s #2 Freshman Sire UNION RAGS is the sire of two Grade I winners from his first crop, and his son No Dozing is one to watch in the coming months. An easy winner of his first two, No Dozing was fourth in his stakes debut in the G1 Breeders’ Futurity S. at Keeneland, then was a strong second in the G2 Remsen S.
Classic aspirations? See what Lane’s End’s roster can do for your program.