Multiple grade I winner After Market, who has won three consecutive graded-stakes races since April, will enter stud in 2008 at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. A stud fee will be announced at a later date.
Martin Wygod, who bred and raced the horse with his wife, Pam, said he chose Lane's End for After Market because he felt the farm would be a perfect fit. "I just thought for this horse, with the reputation Lane's End has and the international community, for a horse like this I thought by far it was the best farm for him," he said.
Said Farish: “We are extremely pleased that the Wygods have decided to have After Market come to Lane’s End. He is, of course, an outstanding racehorse with an impeccable pedigree and great conformation. I feel he will be an exciting addition to our farm. The Wygods have one of the finest Thoroughbred operations in the country and we are pleased to be joining forces with them.”
After Market began his winning streak in the Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) and went on to capture back-to-back grade I events. In the Charles Whittingham Memorial (gr. IT), he ran down multiple grade I winner Lava Man. In his next race, After Market stamped himself as one of the top turf horses in the country with his win in the Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT).
Wygod said After Market, trained by John Shirreffs, will next start in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 11 at Arlington Park and would end his career in either the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) or the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
"Depending on how he works, he could go on either the dirt or the turf in the Breeders' Cup," Wygod said.
A son of Storm Cat, After Market is out of the great grade I winning Rahy mare Tranquility Lake. A winner at ages 2, 3, and 4, After Market has won seven races in 11 starts for earnings of $703,685.
Tranquility Lake has a 2-year-old full brother to After Market, Inflection Point, who is at Saratoga Race Course in training with Bill Mott. The colt is expected to make his racing debut this fall.
The mare also has a yearling and weanling full-brother to After Market and Inflection Point. Both reside at Gerald Ford's Diamond A Farm near Versailles, Ky. Tranquility Lake, also at Diamond A, did not get in foal this year.