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.
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.
MULTIPLE GRADE 1 WINNER CODE OF HONOR TO STAND AT LANE’S END
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WEST COAST'S FIRST YEARLINGS SHOW CLASSIC POTENTIAL
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.
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.
IMPRESSIVE FIRST WINNER FOR MGSW UNIFIED
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.
FIRST WINNER FOR GRADE 1 WINNER CONNECT
First-crop sire Connect landed his first winner on Tuesday when Knowles Farm homebred Whatstheconnection led wire to wire his first-time out at Indiana Grand.
Connect’s first two-year-olds are not only hitting the ground running at the track, but also in the sales ring. He has sired 10 six-figure lots at the two-year-old sales this spring, with a colt leading at $685,000 and a filly at $640,000.
GIFT BOX WALKING VIDEO
Gift Box, new to Lane's End for 2021, is a Grade 1 and three-time graded stakes winner. He showed promise early when he sold for $135,000 as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton November "Night of the Stars" sale.