Fresh off competing in the Breeders’ Cup, 2019 fees for GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky–Issues, by Awesome Again), GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile star City of Light (Quality Road–Paris Notion, by Dehere) and champion West Coast (Flatter–Caressing, by Honour and Glory) have been announced by Lane’s End Farm Wednesday morning.
Bred by Mike Abraham in Kentucky and trained by John Sadler, the $380,000 KEESEP yearling turned five-time Grade I winner will stand for $20,000 LF S&N. Bound for next January’s GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S., the champion older dirt male elect’s record stands at 22-10-5-5, $5,792,480. A half-brother to SW and GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf third Daddy D T (Scat Daddy) and SW & GSP Amarish (Scat Daddy), the chestnut 5-year-old is out of the four-time winner Issues, who was stakes-placed at Calder. Under the third dam is GI Jockey Club Gold Cup hero Wagon Limit (Conquistador Cielo) and MGSW and MGISP Puzzlement (Pine Bluff).
The Hronis Racing runner is joined by triple Grade I winner City of Light, who will command $35,000 LF S&N. Also a winner of the GI Triple Bend S. and GI Malibu S. at the top level, the Mike McCarthy charge has accumulated $1,662,600 in earnings and has yet to run off the board for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr., with a 10-5-4-1 record. Knocked down for $710,000 at KEESEP in 2015, the 4-year-old is a half-brother to two SP runners. Bred by Ann Marie Farm in Kentucky, his second dam Fabulous Notion (Somethingfabulous) landed the GI Santa Susana S. and is also responsible for GI Test S. heroine Fabulously Fast (Deputy Minister). Fellow Grade I winners Cacoethes (Alydar), Subordination (Mt. Livermore), Careless Jewel (Tapit) and the champion grass mare Fiji (GB) (Rainbow Quest) are farther back in the pedigree.
Rounding out the trio of stars slated for the Kentucky nursery is champion 3-year-old colt West Coast. The son of champion 2-year-old filly Caressing (Honour and Glory) will hold court for $35,000 LF S&N in 2019. Bred by CFP Thoroughbreds in the Kentucky, the $425,000 KEESEP yearling won both the GI Travers S. and GI Pennsylvania Derby during his championship season in 2017 for trainer Bob Baffert and Gary and Mary West. He was also runner-up in this term’s GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. in January, Meydan’s GI Dubai World Cup in March and the GI Awesome Again S. in September. The bay’s record stands at 13-6-5-1 and $5,803,800 in earnings. His dam has produced GSP Juan and Bina (Indian Charlie) and another SP runner. This family also includes MGISW Sea Cadet (Bolger) and GII Del Mar Futurity hero On Target, who also ran third in the GI Champagne S.
“This is a very exciting crop of new stallions,” Lane’s End’s Bill Farish said. “Accelerate offers breeders a chance to breed to a brilliantly fast, sound, Classic distance winning champion elect with five Grade I wins under his belt. West Coast offers a blue-blooded pedigree, outstanding good looks and is a champion 3-year-old that defeated all three Classic winners. City of Light, who is by leading Lane’s End Farm stallion Quality Road, has an unmatched brilliance. We’re looking forward to seeing Accelerate and City of Light face off in the upcoming Pegasus World Cup and for the 2019 breeding season.”