Officials at Lane's End Farm and Turfway Park announced today a three-year agreement that will give the Central Kentucky breeding farm title sponsorship of Turfway's premier Triple Crown prep race in the spring. The grade II Lane's End Spiral Stakes will be held next year on March 23.
The 2,000-acre Lane's End Farm, located near Versailles, Ky., is owned by Will Farish. Farish, a native of Houston, Texas, bought and begun building Lane's End Farm in 1978. Some of the notable stakes winners bred by Farish and partners include 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic, 2000 champion older horse Lemon Drop Kid, and 2000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Secret Status. Farish was honored with an Eclipse Award as outstanding breeder in 1992 and 1999.
"This race has produced many world class runners, including several that we have on the farm," Farish said. Farish has served as chairman of the board of directors for Churchill Downs since 1992 and was recently nominated as the Ambassador to Britain by President George W. Bush. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to support the racing aspect of our game. Without the racing, there would be no need for the breeding. We look forward to a long, prosperous relationship with Turfway Park."
Lane's End Farm is home to stallions Summer Squall, winner of the 1990 race when it was referred to as the Jim Beam Stakes, Roar, who won the 1996 edition, and Stephen Got Even, winner of the 1999 event.
"The Spiral Stakes has produced champions and Lane's End has produced champions," said Turfway president Robert Elliston. "The combination will ensure that the Spiral Stakes will continue to produce the highest caliber of racing for years to come."
The Lane's End Spiral Stakes has been a pivotal steppingstone to the spring classics. Summer Squall, Hansel, Lil E. Tee, and Prairie Bayou all found the winner's circle at Turfway before winning classic races in the 1990s. The 1995 winner, Serena's Song, retired as the sport's richest female Thoroughbred with earnings of more than $3 million. Hansel, Prairie Bayou, and Serena's Song all earned divisional championship honors following their 3-year-old seasons.