Lane's End released its 2018 stud fees Oct. 23 with some key announcements pending until after the Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar.
Connect, a son of leading sire Curlin , won six of eight career starts and notched his biggest victory in the 2016 Cigar Mile Handicap (G1). He won a total of four stakes and earned 100+ Equibase Speed Figures in each one, including a 117 in the Cigar Mile.
Unified will be joining his sire, Candy Ride , on the Lane's End roster. He took his debut by three lengths and then won three graded stakes. Unified was also second by a neck in the Carter Handicap (G1) in April.
Other young stallions standing at Lane's End in 2018 include Honor Code , Tonalist , Liam's Map , and Mr Speaker , who will all have their first foals going through the sales this November. Meanwhile, Noble Mission was recently represented by his first yearlings, which sold up to $250,000.
"Continuing to find racehorses who turn into successful stallions is what the breeding business is all about," said Lane's End owner Will Farish. "It is satisfying to know that we are offering a roster with a blend of young stallions proving their abilities, new stallions who possess a world of potential, and our firmly established stallions."
Union Rags, by Dixie Union, currently ranks second on the second-crop sire list and is represented by 2017 grade 1 winners Free Drop Billy and Paradise Woods. Quality Road is the leading fourth-crop sire and is responsible for multiple grade 1 winner Abel Tasman, who won this year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). Both stallions had offspring sell for seven figures at auction this year.
Twirling Candy , another son of Candy Ride, is a leading third-crop sire, second only to Uncle Mo , and is represented by the likes of graded stakes winner Danzing Candy , Morticia, and Finley'sluckycharm.
Candy Ride, who ranks third on the BloodHorse general leading sire list, is represented this year by multiple grade 1 winner and leading Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) contender Gun Runner as well as other 2017 grade 1 winners Separationofpowers and Ascend.
Lemon Drop Kid , whose fee dropped to $25,000, is represented by grade 1 winners Beach Patrol and Romantic Vision this year, while Mineshaft has sired multiple graded stakes winners such as J Boys Echo and Writer's Almanac.
The Factor , who will stand in Japan in 2018 before returning to Lane's End for the 2019 season, is not included on the roster.
|Lane's End 2018 Fees|
|Stallion||2018 Fee||2017 Fee|
|Lemon Drop Kid||$25,000||$40,000|
|The Factor||Japan for 2018||$25,000|