The Kentucky Derby is just three months away, and no farm has more contenders for the roses than Lane’s End.
Of the Top 15 horses on the Derby leaderboard, no fewer than 4 are by Lane’s End sires.
Leading the way is CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s unbeaten Mastery, who was the co-second betting choice among individual horses in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2, which closed Jan. 29.
At 9-1, Mastery has all the ingredients of a Derby horse. He’s trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. He won the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity by a dominating 7 1/4 lengths. And his sire CANDY RIDE is a proven source of 10-furlong horses, with sons Shared Belief and Misremembered both Grade 1 winners at America’s Classic distance.
QUALITY ROAD is the only sire to have more than one horses in the Top 15 at present. The Lane’s End-bred Guest Suite put himself squarely on the Derby trail with a professional score in the G3 Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds. Guest Suite is just living up to his Classic pedigree—he’s from the family of Lane’s End’s living legend A.P. Indy.
QUALITY ROAD is also the sire of Kaleem Shah’s Klimt, impressive winner of last year’s G1 Del Mar Futurity and G2 Best Pal S.
Last year’s #2 Freshman Sire UNION RAGS is the sire of two Grade I winners from his first crop, and his son No Dozing is one to watch in the coming months. An easy winner of his first two, No Dozing was fourth in his stakes debut in the G1 Breeders’ Futurity S. at Keeneland, then was a strong second in the G2 Remsen S.
Lane’s End, owned by Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish, is one of the world’s premier Thoroughbred farms encompassing more than 2,300 acres in Woodford County in the heart of Central Kentucky. In addition to the acreage in Woodford County, Lane’s End leases an additional thousand acres in Fayette County known as our Oak Tree Division. Currently standing at stud at Lane’s End are such leading sires as CANDY RIDE, LEMON DROP KID, MINESHAFT, and CITY ZIP.
A native of Houston, Texas, Will Farish is a lifelong horseman who raced his first stakes winner, KASKASKIA, in 1967 and has since raced more than 165 stakes winners and bred more than 300 stakes winners, including the 2003 Horse of the Year MINESHAFT, the 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. INDY, 1999 Horse of the Year CHARISMATIC, and Champion LEMON DROP KID. He was the first breeder since A. J. Alexander in 1880 to breed or co-breed two horses (CHARISMATIC and LEMON DROP KID) who combined to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont in the same year. In 1992 and in 1999 he was honored with an Eclipse Award as the year’s leading breeder.
Lane’s End also has an extraordinary record at the sales, as the leading consignor on 26 occasions and as the seller of more than 365 stakes winners, including such champions as A.P. INDY, SAINT LIAM, RAGS TO RICHES, and LEMON DROP KID.
Farish served as Chairman of the Board of Churchill Downs from 1992 to 2001, has been a Steward and Vice Chairman of The Jockey Club, a Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Breeders’ Cup, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Keeneland Association. In 2006, Farish was appointed as a trustee to the Keeneland Association. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James and served in that role for three years.