Lane’s End Farm is pleased to offer Lemon Drop Kid and Mineshaft, two of Kentucky’s most consistent stallions, for $25,000 live foal stands and nurses in 2018. Both of these tried-and-true stallions are attractively-priced for breeders looking for dependable, yet affordable stallions.
As Lemon Drop Kid enters his 17th year at stud, his progeny continues to race and win at the highest level. The Lane’s End stalwart sired 96 stakes winners and 182 stakes horses so far in his career, including three-time G1 winner Richard’s Kid and G1 Diana victress Somali Lemonade, as well as millionaires Da Big Hoss and Cosmonaut.
In 2017 alone, Lemon Drop Kid had five stakes winners and seven stakes horses with Grade 1 successes on both turf and dirt. Romantic Vision annexed the G3 Locust Grove S. over the dirt this season and notched another Grade 1 victory for her sire in Keeneland’s Juddmonte Spinster S. The versatile sire was responsible for one of the top turf horses of the year in Beach Patrol, who is a finalist for the 2017 Eclipse Award for Older Male Turf Horse after consecutive Grade 1 victories in the Arlington Million and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic this year. Lemon Drop Kid ended the year at number three on the North American Leading Turf Sire by Leading Earner List and seventh on the Leading North American Turf Sires List by earnings.
The sire of two million-dollar yearlings saw another profitable sales season in 2017. His top weanling brought $130,000 during the Keeneland November Sale and he had a $170,000 two-year-old in training at the Fasig Midlantic Sale. Both a filly and a colt yearling by Lemon Drop Kid fetched $350,000 at the Fasig Saratoga Sale and the sire had an average of $101,926 for yearlings last year.
Breeders have noticed the continued success of Lemon Drop Kid with turf and dirt horses, fillies and colts, and at the sales and on the track.
Champion Mineshaft entered stud at Lane’s End Farm in 2004 and has since become not only a successful sire but an up-and-coming broodmare sire and sire of sires. The four-time Grade 1 winner is responsible for 51 stakes winners, 22 graded stakes winners and four millionaires, including three-time G1 winner It’s Tricky and G1 Clark H. hero Effinex. Mineshaft, the leading son of AP Indy at stud by AEI, is the sire of Dialed In, the top second-crop sire in North America. He’s carving out a niche for himself as a broodmare sire with the likes of graded winners Cathryn Sophia, Coal Front, Mico Margarita, Eagle and Enticed to his credit.
The bay had another strong year in 2017 with 21 black-type horses, seven black-type winners, and the GIII Gotham S. winner J Boys Echo. His year at the sales was exceptional with both yearlings and weanlings. At the Keeneland September Sale, a Mineshaft colt out of Kobla Cat brought $650,000, while a colt out of Beat to Quarters fetched $325,000. He boasts a $94,592 yearling average and $60,000 median for 2017, while his weanlings averaged $86,909 with a median of $65,000.
Mineshaft’s success shows no sign of slowing down—at the 2018 Keeneland January Sale a yearling filly out of Summer Applause was purchased for $300,000.