FIRST FOAL FOR CHAMPION 3YO WEST COAST
The first foal by Champion Three-Year-Old West Coast has arrived. The filly out of young Harlan’s Holiday mare Harlee Honey was born at Elm Tree Farm in Paris, Kentucky.
Harlee Honey is a half-sister to G2 winner California Nectar.
“She has a ton of quality, beautiful shape and head,” said Jody Huckabay of Elm Tree. “She’s an exceptionally classy foal. We’re very pleased.”
West Coast bred 168 mares in 2019 and is standing for $35,000 in the 2020 season.
THE FACTORS OF HIS SUCCESS
By: Chris McGrath
Reviewing the 2019 sires’ championship, it was striking to observe such consistent correlation between fees and performance. Almost without exception, the top of the table was dominated by the most expensive stallions in the business. The big guns, in other words, had all found their range.
Of the top 20 sires in Kentucky, in fact, only one is still standing for less than $40,000. Yet he is also younger than all bar one of that elite. (Uncle Mo is also just 12.)
Kentucky Sires For 2020 Part II: First Weanlings
By: Chris McGrath
Over the coming days and weeks, we will be touched by the customary pictures of first foals tottering onto the gawky limbs that must someday propel them around the racetrack, and so determine the viability of their sires’ new careers.
First Black-Type Winner, New Debut Winner for Tonalist
First-crop stallion Tonalist is wrapping up 2019 on a high with a stakes winner, a debut winner and a number of black-type placings in the past few weeks.
The Classic-winning stallion had his first black-type winner with Tonalist’s Shape, who won Gulfstream Park’s Hut Hut S. by a commanding nine lengths at the end of November. The filly, who now boasts a perfect three-for-three record and winnings of $98,280, earned an 89 Beyer Speed Figure for her stakes-winning performance.
Union Rags Is a Leader by Average at Keeneland September
At a fee of just $60,000, Lane’s End Farms’ Union Rags offers one of the best values at stud in America. Union Rags, the leading fourth-crop sire by graded stakes winners, Grade 1 winners, and graded stakes horses, proved his progeny are as successful at the sales as they are on the track after another standout Keeneland September Sale.
Lane’s End Announces 2020 Fee for Catalina Cruiser
Lane’s End announced today that Catalina Cruiser will stand at a fee of $20,000 for the 2020 breeding season.
A son of leading cumulative 4th crop sire, Union Rags, Catalina Cruiser retires as a 5-time graded stakes winner with back-to-back wins in the G2 San Diego and G2 Pat O’Brien. He broke the stakes record when winning the G2 True North Stakes running 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14:85. Catalina Cruiser arrived at Lane’s End this week and will be available for inspection during the Lane’s End Open House Monday, November 4th through Sunday, November 10th from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM daily.
LA FORCE (GER)
Power (GB) – La Miraculeuse (Ger), by Samum (Ger)
2014 Dark Bay or Brown Mare
By Sid Fernando
LANE’S END TO STAND CATALINA CRUISER
Catalina Cruiser will stand at Lane’s End Farm upon retirement. A son of leading cumulative 4th crop sire, Union Rags, Catalina Cruiser is 7 for 8 lifetime with 5 of those wins being graded. “Catalina Cruiser is the quintessential American dirt horse. He’s exactly what we’re looking for. Tough, with speed and the ability to carry that speed,” said Bill Farish of Lane’s End. “He reminds me of stallions like Quality Road, Twirling Candy and Liam’s Map. They all had tremendous speed and were classy enough to win graded stakes going two turns.”
Dual Grade 1 Winners for Liam’s Map
Liam’s Map is off to one of the strongest starts at stud imaginable. From 30 starters in his first crop, the son of Unbridled’s Song has eight individual winners and a total of 10 victories. Liam’s Map leads all first-crop sires worldwide with an outstanding two Grade 1 winners. Basin, a colt trained by Steve Asmussen, won Saratoga’s G1 Hopeful S. by an emphatic 6 1/2 lengths to give Liam’s Map his first graded score. Wicked Whisper, who was named a TDN Rising Star in her career debut at Saratoga, went wire-to-wire in Belmont’s G1 Frizette S.