MGISW millionaire City of Light (Quality Road–Paris Notion, by Dehere) will join his sire Quality Road at Lane’s End Farm upon the conclusion of his racing career, it was announced Friday.
“We are thrilled to have the best son by our top young stallion join our roster,” said Lanes End’s Will Farish. “City of Light has a tremendous amount of speed from a fantastic female family and is clearly the best son to date by one of the elite stallions in America, Quality Road.”
In his stakes debut, City of Light wired the GI Malibu S. going seven furlongs at Santa Anita and added the GI Triple Bend S. in his next start. The Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren colorbearer continued his stakes-winning streak with a rallying victory in the G2 Oaklawn H. stretching out to 1 1/8 miles. He earned a career-best 107 Beyer and -3 3/4 Thoro-Graph number for his Oaklawn H. victory.
“City of Light is an unbelievable physical,” trainer Michael McCarthy noted. “With the kind of tactical speed that wins races in America. He has all of the attributes of a successful stallion.”
City of Light is a son of Lane’s End Farms’ leading fifth-crop sire Quality Road. He has amassed over $29 million in progeny earnings and is currently the hottest stallion in America. Quality Road leads all North American and European sires so far this year with four Grade I winners, thirteen black-type winners, and nine graded winners.
“City of Light is a very fast, sound, consistent horse,” Bill Farish explained. “He has continued to run at the highest level against top competition with graded stakes victories ranging from seven furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. His sire and brilliance, coupled with his looks, makes him a very exciting prospect.”
The colt was sold by Lane’s End for $710,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September Sale and bred in Kentucky by Ann Marie Farm. His dam Paris Notion is a 3/4-sibling to GI Test victress Fabulously Fast, both out of Grade I winner Fabulous Notion. This is the family of Grade I-winning millionaires Cacoethes, Subordination and Careless Jewel.
City of Light is slated to make his next start in the GI Forego S. at Saratoga Aug. 25. A stud fee will be announced upon retirement.