Issam Fares' Fares Farm, breeder of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and 2011 Canadian champion Embur's Song, will completely disperse its Thoroughbred breeding and racing stock at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, to be held Jan, 7-11.
Lane's End Farm will act as agent for the dispersal. The 80-horse consignment, comprised of 37 broodmares, 33 yearlings, and 10 horses of racing age, will be offered without reserve.
"We have had a long and enjoyable relationship with the Fares family," said Lane's End owner William S. Farish. "Lane's End is pleased to be the agent for the dispersal of this influential breeder's group of horses with such quality pedigrees."
Highlighting the dispersal is Embur's Song, a 5-year-old mare by Unbridled's Song, in foal to Giant's Causeway . Embur's Song was named Canada's 2011 champion older female. Also featured in the dispersal are Deputy Saint, a half sister to Curlin, in foal to Lemon Drop Kid , and a yearling half sister to Curlin by Distorted Humor .
"While my father is exiting the Thoroughbred breeding and racing business to pursue other interests, Fares Farm and Lexington will always be his second home," said Fares' son, Nijad I. Fares. "We look forward to continuing to be a part of this wonderful community."
A prominent businessman and former government official in his native Lebanon, Fares has bred and raced Thoroughbreds for more than 25 years in the name of his Fares Farm, located near Lexington. In addition to Curlin, Fares also is the breeder of Da Hoss, winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) in 1996 and 1998, and French champion Shaanxi. Fares campaigned Eclipse Award winner and Breeders' Cup winner Miss Alleged and French champion Highest Honor.
"Mr. Fares is an astute horseman and has enjoyed remarkable success on the international stage," said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson. "His dispersal features a collection of quality, young mares in foal to a variety of highly commercial sires, and yearlings representing some of the industry's most exciting stallions."