Lane’s End Farm

2021 Fees for Lane’s End; Quality Road Down to $150,000

On the heels of the announcement Friday that top three leading second-crop sire Daredevil will return to the U.S. from Turkey to stand at Lane's End Farm, the Versailles nursery and stallion station released its full roster and stud fees for 2021. A total of 21 stallions will make up the roster, led again by stalwart Quality Road, who gets a fee cut from $200,000 to $150,000. A majority of key breeding sheds are cutting 2021 stud fees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Candy Ride (Arg) will also see his...

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Mike Cline Joins Fasig Yearling Inspection Team

Mike Cline, who recently retired from his post as Lane's End Farm's farm manager since that important operation's inception in 1979, will join the Fasig-Tipton yearling inspection team for the company's 2021 selected yearlings sales. "The Thoroughbred industry has great confidence in the Fasig-Tipton process for our selected sales," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "We are thrilled to add an exceptional and respected horseman like Mike Cline to our inspection team. He will bring vast experience and an outstanding eye for quality horses."

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Connect to Feature Several High-Profile Yearlings

Lane's End's Grade I-winning millionaire sire Connect is just weeks from seeing his first yearlings enter the sales ring. The son of top sire Curlin was recognized for his commercial appeal with his weanlings last year, and the farm hopes to emulate that success again this fall. Advertised at a $20,000 stud fee for the past three years, his first weanlings averaged $65,120 with 29 of 38 sold. "Connect was well supported last fall with his first crop of weanlings averaging nearly four times his stud fee," said Allaire Ryan,...

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There’s Always an Open Seat at Spark Community Cafe

If you peak through the windows of the new café in downtown Versailles, Kentucky, the sights and smells of the tantalizing cuisine draw you closer to the door. Cajun shrimp and grits, chicken pesto pizza and beef short ribs are laid out across wooden tables adorned with mason jars filled with freshly-cut flowers. Normally, many people living in this community wouldn't dream of stepping across the threshold of such an upscale, and perhaps mistakenly pretentious, establishment. The dollar signs listed on the menu next to those mouth-watering entrees would make...

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Mike Cline to Retire as Lane’s End Farm Manager

Mike Cline, "the only farm manager Lane's End has ever known," according to a press release from the farm announcing the news, is retiring after a 40-year career at the storied nursery. "It would be hard to overstate Mike's importance to Lane's End and everything that has happened here since the farm's inception," said Will Farish, "I hired Mike back in 1979 and he has overseen everything from the broodmares, to stallions, to sales, to barn construction, to pasture maintenance." Many successful people in the industry came up under Cline's...

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Honor A. P. To Lane’s End Upon Retirement

Honor A. P. (Honor Code--Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush) will be retired to Lane's End Farm upon the conclusion of his racing career, the farm announced Friday. The 3-year-old is from the first crop by his sire, who also stands at Lane's End, and is his highest earner. Honor A. P. has finished first or second in each of his four starts, winning the GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby in his last outing June 6, and establishing himself as a favorite for the Sept. 5 GI Kentucky Derby. "He's a...

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Honor A.P. Cracks the Genetic Code

If someone new to our business asked you to pick a single race in 2015 that might explain the passion that consumes us, you probably wouldn't pick the processional exhibitions of a first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. You'd show them the GI Whitney S. In a summer when hardly anyone will be able to renew the Saratoga pilgrimage, you may find the jolt of nostalgia too poignant to revisit the video yourself. But gosh, that was a horserace. Liam's Map (Unbridled's Song), flying just that fraction too close...

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Zenyatta Foals a Filly by Candy Ride

Horse of the Year and GI Breeders' Cup Classic heroine Zenyatta (Street Cry {Ire}-Vertigineux, by Kris S.) foaled a chestnut filly by Lane's End resident Candy Ride (Arg) Sunday morning at 5:40 a.m. at the Versailles, Kentucky farm, www.Zenyatta.com announced. The three-time Eclipse Champion Older Mare and her latest offspring, her sixth, are both doing well following the delivery. This 148-pound filly is her first foal since the unraced Zellda (Medaglia d'Oro) was foaled in 2017. Her first foal, Cozmic One (Bernardini), and her second, Ziconic (Tapit), failed to win....

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Finley’s King’s Vision Finds His Groove

Foaled in 2009, King's Vision (Gulch--Weekend Storm by Storm Bird) began his career at Aqueduct, racing under IEAH's colors for trainer Rick Dutrow. At Finger Lakes, at age five, he finally broke his maiden. Overall, in 16 starts, King's Vision earned $20,908. King's Vision was born and raised at Lane's End Farm and is a full brother to Breeders' Cup Turf Mile winner Court Vision, who won over $3 million on the track. His dam is a full-sister to Preakness winner Summer Squall, and a half-sister to champion A.P. Indy....

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Precautions Taken, But Kentucky Breeding Operations Keep Churning Entering Coronavirus Era

The ever-growing threat to American life that is coronavirus COVID-19 has rapidly chipped away at horse racing's business after shutting down the affairs of all major sports. Only a handful of tracks are choosing to stay open without spectators as of this writing, and news of the four-month postponement of the GI Kentucky Derby drove home once and for all that the sport would not be unaffected by this crisis. But deeper into the heart of Kentucky than the Twin Spires, are stallion and breeding farms. As much as racetracks,...

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Lane’s End Introduces Stallion Select Tool

Lane's End has unveiled a new tool designed to help breeders determine the farm's stallion best suited to their mares. The two-step process allows breeders to find their mare, select their preferred stud fee price range, and be immediately matched to the Lane's End stallion or stallions that best fit their mare and their preferences. The results include nicking scores so breeders can quickly compare potential matches. "We're always looking for ways to streamline the process for our breeders and partners, and we're excited to add Stallion Select to their...

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Grade I Sire Belong to Me Passes at 31

Lane's End Farm's Belong to Me (Danzig--Belonging, by Exclusive Native) has passed away due to the infirmities of old age, the farm announced Thursday afternoon. Bred by Joseph and William Stavola, Inc. in New Jersey, the Middletown Stables colorbearer landed the GIII Boojum H. and GIII Best Turn S. both at Aqueduct for Allen Jerkens in 16 starts before embarking on a stallion career. After standing for four years in the Empire State, he moved to Lane's End and stood there until being pensioned in November of 2013. He also...

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