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Lane's End Versailles, KY | 2013 | Entered Stud 2019 | 2019 Fee $20,000

Sid Fernando Sid Fernando

Sid Fernando is president and CEO of Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc., originator of the Werk Nick Rating and eNicks. He has written a bi-weekly column for the TDN since March, 2018.

Taking Stock: Poppet Pitts and Alwaysmining

My TDN colleague Chris McGrath ably discussed the blue-hen markers in the female family of Maryland-bred Gl Preakness contender Alwaysmining (Stay Thirsty) the other day: namely, fourth dam Cequillo, the Tartan Farms ancestress of many high-class runners, broodmares, and sires, including the highly influential John Nerud-bred sire Fappiano (Mr. Prospector); and Plucky Liege, Cequillo’s fourth [...]

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Taking Stock: Derby Favorites and Longshots

The Kentucky Derby is more wide open now than it was before the scratch of favorite Omaha Beach (War Front) despite the presence of some highly qualified prospects, headed by the Bob Baffert-trained Grade I winners Roadster (Quality Road), Improbable (City Zip), and Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg}), last year’s juvenile champion who is now [...]

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Taking Stock: Lord Kanaloa Up Next in Japan

It’s not often at my day job at Werk Thoroughbred Consultants that we get the opportunity to recommend foreign-based stallions to North American-based breeders, for the obvious reason that most breeders here aren’t in the habit of shipping mares abroad to be bred. And if and when we do, the horse is usually in Europe. [...]

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Taking Stock: How We Got Here

The American dirt horse is tough, strong, and fast. He’s an athlete. He’s a combination of speed and stamina, bred to race on an unforgivingly hard surface, bred to race at two, bred to break quickly from the gate, bred to run hard early, bred to withstand pressure late. He’s not a pet, though he’s [...]

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Taking Stock: War Front Reemerges as a Dirt Sire

Last summer at Saratoga, I sat down one afternoon in the pavilion at Fasig-Tipton with Claiborne’s Walker Hancock and Bernie Sams to discuss the belated emergence of Blame (Arch), who’d stood the 2018 breeding season for only $12,500 after starting out for $35,000 in 2011. They’d stayed the course with him and were finally seeing [...]

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Taking Stock: Candy Ride and His North American Success

With the troubles at Santa Anita, the season debut of champion Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg}) in the postponed Gll San Felipe S. was put on hold, but his sire is once again poised for another big year. Candy Ride (Ride the Rails), who stands at Lane’s End for $80,000, was #2 on the General [...]

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Taking Stock: Stallions by Non-Elite Sires

Two columns back on Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky), I wrote this: “There’s been a bit of a trend lately for farms to stand accomplished horses by stallions that aren’t ‘big names.’ WinStar’s Tiznow (Cee’s Tizzy, by Relaunch) and Lane’s End’s Candy Ride (Arg) (Ride the Rails, by Cryptoclearance, by Fappiano) are older successful examples of [...]

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Taking Stock: Issues With the Integrity Act

Over the last four or five years, The Jockey Club and its allies, fed up with the lack of uniform medication policies among States, decided to take matters into their own hands and lead the charge to craft and push some regulatory bills on “anti-doping and medication control” in Congress. They were looking to turn [...]

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Taking Stock: Accelerate is Bright Spot for Lane’s End

The sun is shining as brightly on Will Farish’s Lane’s End in Versailles as it does at his winter base in Boca Grande, Florida. “We’re trying to keep things chugging along,” said Bill Farish, who was stationed back at the farm in Kentucky and overseeing operations when I called on Tuesday, a wintry and cold [...]

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Taking Stock: The ‘Speightstown Effect’ Revisited

No, WinStar’s Speightstown (Gone West–Silken Cat, by Storm Cat) is not an underrated sire, as some said on social media shortly after the stallion’s Competitionofideas won the Gl American Oaks at Santa Anita Dec. 29. Speightstown is by all standards a top-class stallion, and at age 21 he’s just as appealing now as he’s been [...]

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Taking Stock: The Horse of the Year Debate

What a time to be alive! I’ve seen it said on Twitter and elsewhere that the Triple Crown races are nothing more than a series of “restricted” races for 3-year-olds, and, therefore, not as important as the “unrestricted” Grade I races for older horses. To diminish the accomplishments of Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy) [...]

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Taking Stock: Brazilian-Owned Bonne Chance Establishing Itself

When Brazilian billionaire Gilberto Sayao Da Silva purchased Nat Rea’s Regis Farm (formerly part of Rick Trontz’s Hopewell Farm) on Pisgah Pike in Woodford County in 2015, his wife christened the 300-plus acre property Bonne Chance Farm. The name, which means “good luck” in French, has been prophetic. That same year, Gilberto Sayao also bought [...]

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