Bolstered by the dispersal of Issam Fares’s Fares Farm and the sale of Craig Singer’s multiple graded winner Salty Strike, Lane’s End was the leading consignor by gross at the recently concluded Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Lane’s End-consigned horses made a total of $9,298,900, more than twice the gross of the next consignor on the list. The 113 horses Lane’s End sold averaged a strong $82,291, or better than twice the sale’s average of $40,912. This marks the 26th time Lane’s End has been the leading consignor over the years.

A pair of mares offered by Lane’s End helped lead the way on respective $800,000 bids from Stonestreet Stable rep John Moynihan. First up was the 5-year-old racing or broodmare prospect Salty Strike, a SMART STRIKE homebred daughter of Craig Singer. Moynihan signed for the near-$500,000 earner for Barbara Banke’s operation.

“He’s turned out to be a great broodmare sire,” Moynihan told the TDN of SMART STRIKE. “And there aren’t many that look like this. She’s got great, beautiful balance, and she stayed around the racetrack for a long time. We’re excited to get her.”

Trained by Ken McPeek for Singer, Salty Strike counted among her seven stakes wins the G3 Gardenia S. and G3 Dogwood S. Stonestreet co-owns SMART STRIKE’s brilliant champions CURLIN and My Miss Aurelia.

Moynihan also saw fit to go to $800,000 for Fares Farm’s Supreme, a stakes-winning daughter of Empire Maker from the family of Derby winner Monarchos.

Lane’s End’s January draft also included the $475,000 Oregon Lady (Ire), the $325,000 Mousse Au Chocolat, the $310,000 Lunarlady, and the $275,000 Miss Salsa, etc.

In addition, Lane’s End and Fares teamed to sell the auction’s third-highest-priced short yearling, a Pulpit daughter of Mousse Au Chocolat who made $260,000.

Lane’s End sires had a big January Sale, as well. The second-highest price of the sale was the $1.3 million that former LE stallion ROCK HARD TEN’s Grade 1 winner Nereid elicited from Baumann Stable’s Lane Seliger.

A.P. INDY’s daughters, as always, were in high demand. Desert Rose Drive, a half to Take Charge Lady, made $450,000, while EZ Indy and Crazy Party each brought $300,000. CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s stakes-winning multiple Grade 1 performer Wynning Ride also made $300,000.

A pair of tough racemares by CITY ZIP were purchased by some of the best judges of horseflesh in the business. The always-game Gitchee Goomie was secured by Adena Springs for $250,000, while John Moynihan, again acting for Stonestreet, purchased stakes winner Cosmo Girl for $190,000.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2013 January Sale one to remember for Lane’s End, and a special thanks to the Fares family and the team at Fares Farm! We will miss you.

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