The grade II race that lost its sponsor in 1999 just got a new one.
Lane's End Farm and Turfway Park announced a three-year agreement that will give the breeding farm located near Versailles, Ky., title sponsorship of the Northern Kentucky racetrack's premier Triple Crown prep race in the spring. It will be called the "Lane's End Spiral Stakes," which next year will be held March 23.
"We're excited about becoming title sponsor of the Spiral Stakes," said Lane's End owner Will Farish, chairman of the board of directors at Churchill Downs since 1992, and the nominee as the Ambassador to Great Britain. "This race has produced many world-class runners, including several that we have on our farm. In addition, we're thrilled to have the opportunity to support the racing aspect of our game."
Lane's End is home to the stallions Summer Squall, winner of the 1990 Jim Beam Stakes; Roar, who won the 1996 edition; and Stephen Got Even, who won the Gallery Furniture.com Stakes in 1999. The name of the race always included the sponsor. In 1999, Gallery Furniture sponsored it for one year and decided to discontinue the arrangement.
"To associate the Spiral Stakes with an organization like Lane's End is something we feel can do nothing but enhance the image of the race and Turfway Park," Turfway president Bob Elliston said.
Keeneland is one-third owner and managing partner of Turfway. It has had success in recent years landing sponsors for stakes held during its spring and fall meets in Lexington. Lane's End sponsors the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.