SIRE POWER: STALLION MANAGER SELLERS KEEPS LANE'S END SHED ON TASK
By: Lenny Shulman
Just past 7:30 a.m. on an early March morning, with the sun beginning to rise over the paddocks east of Lane’s End, stallion manager Billy Sellers stands outside the majestic operation’s breeding shed, upbeat and bright as the weather. He’s wearing a safety vest over a tan jumpsuit and blue surgical gloves with plastic extensions that run up to his elbows. He is awaiting the first stallion to come to work for the 8 a.m. breeding session, the first of three sessions he’ll oversee on this day.
WEST COAST GETS PERFECT SCORE ON STALLION SPECTATOR RATINGS
Pedigree experts Bill Oppenheim and Dr. Emily Plant have devised a 9-point scale to predict sire success. Only nine sires since 1996 have scored 9/9 on this scale, of which eight have become very successful sires. West Coast joins an elite group including A.P. Indy, Bernardini, Dixie Union, Empire Maker, Galileo, Giant’s Causeway, Montjeu and Sea The Stars.
LANE'S END FARM INTRODUCES STALLION SELECT TOOL
Lane’s End Farm has debuted its new Stallion Select tool—an innovative new feature that instantly and automatically matches any mare with her best-suited Lane’s End stallion.
THE FACTOR'S PROGENY ARE ALL ABOUT VERSATILITY
By: Eric Mitchell
Stakes races across the country Feb. 15 provided one of the clearest examples of how versatile Lane's End Farm's The Factor has been as a sire.
The 12-year-old son of War Front was represented by a graded stakes winner going two-turns on the grass at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and a dirt sprinter at Laurel Park. In addition, the sire had a winner in a one-mile, non-black-type stakes on the main track at Turf Paradise.
FIRST YEARLINGS BY CONNECT LAND SOLID BLOWS AT FASIG-TIPTON KENTUCKY WINTER MIXED SALE
By: Joe Nevills
A little momentum heading into the breeding season never hurts, and Connect got just that on Monday with a strong opening session at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale.
The resident of Lane's End had two first-crop yearlings go through the ring on Monday, and their hammer prices accounted for the top two spots among rookie stallions, two of the day's seven highest prices for yearlings, and perhaps most importantly, the highest-priced yearling of the session.
CONNECT, UNIFIED LEAD FASIG-TIPTON YEARLING RESULTS
By: Eric Mitchell
Lane's End's first-crop yearling sires Connect and Unified came out of Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale with the strongest results among all sires represented in the 'short' yearling market.
Fast Starts For Lane’s End Young Guns
By: Kelsey Riley
VERSAILLES, KY–With the foal crop of 2020 beginning to gradually dot the paddocks of the Bluegrass, excitement and anticipation are running high, perhaps even more so for a stud farm with a stallion celebrating its first arrivals.
For Lane’s End Farm, the feeling is threefold, with the farm set to welcome the first crops of Grade I winners Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky), City of Light (Quality Road) and West Coast (Flatter).
KENTUCKY VALUE SIRES 2020, PART V: FIRST 3-YEAR-OLDS
By: Chris McGrath
After surveying the four intakes since, each still safely immune from judgement on the track itself, today we finally reach the first group of stallions who have actually tested their ability to replicate the talent that first earned them--however marginally, in some cases--a place at stud.
FIRST FOAL BY CHAMPION ACCELERATE HAS ARRIVED
The first foal by the five-time Grade I-winning Champion Accelerate has hit the ground. The colt was born January 21 in Lexington, Kentucky. This is the first foal out of the Congrats mare, Sweet Congrats, who hails from the family of Woodbine Oaks victress Dixie Moon, as well as stakes winners Guy Caballero and Candybedandy.
“We’re very excited about him, he’s a very strong, good-bodied foal very much like his sire,” said Bob McCann. “We love Accelerate. A five-time Grade 1 winner, $380,000 yearling and is great value at $20,000.”
QUALITY ROAD LEADS NATION BY GRADE 1 WINNERS
By: Nicole Russo
City of Light kicked off the year in style for his sire, Quality Road, by winning the Pegasus World Cup Invitational by 5 3/4 lengths, continuing the momentum from his win in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile the previous fall. However, the Pegasus was the career finale for City of Light, as he immediately shipped to Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky to join his sire in time for the 2019 breeding season. There were still more than 11 months remaining in the racing season.
CITY OF LIGHT'S FIRST FOAL A FILLY
The first foal by Quality Road’s four-time Grade I winner City of Light has arrived. The filly was born on Friday, January 17th at Machmer Hall in Paris, Kentucky. This is the first foal out of the unraced Union Rags mare Redbud, who is a half-sister to graded winner Wishful Tomcat and stakes winners Uncle T Seven, Lucky Lewis, and Zetterholm.
“We are thrilled to bits over our City of Light filly!” said Machmer Hall’s Carrie Brogden. “She has a beautiful feminine head and great balance and frame.”