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.”
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.