Value Sires, Part II: First Foals in '22


Silver: HONOR A. P. (Honor Code–Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush)

$15,000 Lane's End


Still fantastic value, still a whole lot of racehorse for this money. And I cling stubbornly to the belief that he was as talented as any of his generation, beating the Horse of the Year on merit the only time they met properly toe-to-toe (undercooked for their first encounter; undone by a shocking trip in their third).

Mon, 12/06/2021

'Meaux' Brilliance at Del Mar


Twenty-four hours after producing Say the Word (More Than Ready) from last to scoop the GII Hollywood Turf Cup, jockey Kent Desormeaux rode a perfect race from the front to upset Saturday's GI Hollywood Derby with the appropriately named Beyond Brilliant (Twirling Candy) for Lee Searing's C R K Stable and trainer John Shirreffs. Midwest shipper Santin (Distorted Humor) was given a peach of a ride from the 14 hole by Umberto Rispoli and was getting to the winner late, while Cathkin Peak (Ire) (Alhebayeb {Ire}) checked in third.

Mon, 11/29/2021

Lexitonian to Stand at Lane's End


Grade I winner Lexitonian (Speightstown–Riviera Romper, by Tapit) will stand the 2022 breeding season at Lane's Farm and will command a fee of $10,000.

Winner of the GIII Chick Lang S. as a sophomore in 2019 and beaten a nose I the 2020 GI Bing Crosby S., the Calumet Farm homebred defeated the likes of next-out GII Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix S. winner Special Reserve (Midshipman) and 2020 champion sprinter Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect) in the prestigious GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. at Saratoga this July.

Sat, 11/13/2021

Can't Catch Corniche in the Juvenile


Following the unfortunate vet scratch of speedy morning-line favorite and 'TDN Rising Star' Jack Christopher (Munnings), unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Corniche (Quality Road) had things his own way on the front end and ran to the money as the 7-5 favorite for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert in Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar.

Sat, 11/06/2021



Lane’s End farm announced today that the W.S. Farish owned and bred Code of Honor will stand the 2022 season at their Versailles farm. Earning almost $3 million in a career that included graded stakes performances each year from two to five, the colt is a multiple Grade 1 and six-time graded stakes winner.

Sun, 10/24/2021

Catalina Cruiser Filly Tops Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale


The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale, canceled last year due to the pandemic, returned to the Humphrey S. Pavilion Monday with a weanling filly from the first crop of multiple graded stakes winner Catalina Cruiser (Union Rags) (hip 215) bringing top price of $195,000. The filly, bred by Robert Chasanoff's Gentry Stable and consigned by Sequel New York, was purchased by Dean and Patti Reeves, in partnership with Steven Rocco.

Mon, 10/18/2021

Connect Colt 'Rolls' in Breeders' Futurity


Rattle N Roll (Connect) provided his first-crop sire with a first Grade I win, and potentially a Breeders' Cup-bound colt to go along with his promising filly Hidden Connection, as he powered away to an impressive score in Saturday's 'Win and You're In' GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.

Sat, 10/09/2021

Unbeaten Corniche Wires American Pharoah in Style


'TDN Rising Star' Corniche (c, 2, Quality Road–Wasted Tears, by Najran), the $1.5-million OBS April topper earlier this spring and a jaw-dropping debut winner going 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar Sept. 4, led them every step of the way to run to the money as the 2-5 favorite in Friday's 'Win and You're In' GI American Pharoah S. at Santa Anita.

Pappacap (Gun Runner), winner of the GII Best Pal S., was second; third out maiden winner Oviatt Class (Bernardini) was third.

Corniche is the 10th winner of the American Pharoah for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

Fri, 10/01/2021

Max Shows Honor Still Cracking the Code


When a horse carries a name like this, there can be no evasion or equivocation. With due honesty, then, let us admit that Honor Code is not yet converting his transparent eligibility as a stallion–apparently so watertight in pedigree, physique and performance–in quite the fashion that seemed likely when he produced the luminous Honor A.P. from his very first crop.

Thu, 07/08/2021



While there are certainly some strong contenders vying for this year's Champion 3-Year-Old Colt title, it's still possible that the future recipient hasn't yet had his breakout win. Perhaps, he wasn't even seen in a Triple Crown race.

In the past 20 years, two colts have managed to earn the crown for Eclipse Champion 3-Year-Old Male despite having skipped the Triple Crown trail. The first was Arrogate, who did not make his graded stakes debut until his famed 13 1/2-length, record-setting GI Travers.

The second came the following year.

Wed, 07/07/2021

Champion Accelerate Stamping His First Crop of Yearlings


David Ingordo has undoubtedly inspected thousands of yearlings, many of whom went on to become Ingordo-purchased success stories, since he saw Accelerate (Lookin at Lucky) at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale. Nevertheless, the well-respected agent has a vivid memory of seeing Hip 1162 at the Bluewater Sales consignment, a May-foaled son of the stakes-placed Awesome Again mare Issues.

Wed, 06/23/2021



First-crop sire Unified’s first winner arrived on Friday when Behave Virginia drew off by 6 lengths to win on debut under the Twin Spires.

Bred in Kentucky by Khalid Mishref Alkahtani, the bay filly was purchased by trainer Kenny McPeek for Lucky Seven Stable for $115,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale.

First two-year-olds by Unified are proving very impressive on the track and in the sales ring. He has seen multiple six-figure sales up to $530,000.

Fri, 05/28/2021