In 2016, Lane’s End welcomed one of the most exciting and dynamic stallion crops in memory. The retiring quartet included the champion HONOR CODE and the Grade 1 winners LIAM’S MAP, MR SPEAKER and TONALIST.
Now, the first foals from this Fantastic Four are on the ground…and they are already generating a buzz.
On Jan. 9, the stakes performer Table Three Ten had an HONOR CODE filly for breeder Cobra Farm. HONOR CODE, who resistered a historic double in the G1 Met Mile and G1 Whitney H., is the last and maybe most exciting Grade 1 winner by the great A.P. INDY.
HONOR CODE was the #3 covering sire among freshman at last year’s bloodstock sales, with 17 in-foal mares selling for an average of $163,235, and was the #2 freshman sire, behind American Pharoah, with a median of $145,000.
A week later, the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile hero LIAM’S MAP got his first foal, a filly from a full-sister to the Grade 2 winner Prospective. The filly was born at Manchester Farm to the winning 6-year-old mare Enhanced.
An $800,000 yearling from the wickedly fast Miss Macy Sue, LIAM’S MAP, a half to the recent Eclipse finalist Not This Time, won 6 of 8 starts and earned over $1,358,940. LIAM’S MAP was the #3 covering sire among freshman in 2016 with 18 sold for a median of $137,500. Individuals sold for $450,000, $300,000, $235,000, etc.
On the same day, the first foal for Classic winner and G1 Cigar Mile winner TONALIST was born at WinStar Farm. Danette, a Grade 1 performer by Curlin, had a strong, healthy filly by TONALIST for breeder Repole Stable.
TONALIST defeated a field that included California Chrome in the G1 Belmont S. and bred 138 mares in his first year at stud. He was a Top 5 covering sire among freshman, with 17 of his 26 mares on offer averaging $115,000.
Last but not least, MR SPEAKER, the purple-pedigreed Grade 1-winning son of Pulpit bred on the same cross as leading sire Tapit, was represented by his first foals on Jan. 14.
At Elm Dale Farm, Grey Pride foaled out a filly by the G1 Belmont Derby winner. Grey Pride is a granddaughter of Radiant Ring, Sovereign Award winner as Canada’s Outstanding Broodmare. On the same day, the multiple stakes winner Capella Dancer had a filly by MR SPEAKER at Rose Hill Farm.
As a grandson of Personal Ensign, MR SPEAKER hails from one of the premier families developed by the Phipps Stable. He was produced by a half to My Flag, herself dam of Storm Flag Flying.