Lane's End has established a $35,000 live foal stud fee, payable when the foal stands and nurses, for multiple Grade 1 winner Quality Road, whose career ended on a disappointing note when last of 12 runners in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 6. The fee for the 4-year-old son of Elusive Quality–Kobla, by Strawberry Road, is identical to the $35,000 Claiborne Farm has set for Classic winner Blame, a son of Arch.
Quality Road and Blame finished heads apart in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap won by Blame at Saratoga in August. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt went on to win the Woodward at Saratoga the following month, his fourth career win in a G1 race, following the 2009 Florida Derby and this year's track record, 12 3/4-length win in the Donn Handicap — both at Gulfstream Park — and Metropolitan Mile Handicap at Belmont Park.
Stud fees for Lane's End's top two performing stalions were left unchanged for 2011, with leading sires A.P. Indy remaining at $150,000 and Smart Strike at $75,000. Fees for three stallions increased: Candy Ride will stand for $40,000 (up from $25,000), City Zip for $15,000 (previously $10,000), and Mineshaft $25,000 (previously $20,000).
Standing for lower fees in 2011 will be Langfuhr, reduced from $17,500 to $15,000; Pleasantly Perfect, from $10,000 to $7,500; and War Pass, from $20,000 to $15,000.
Other Lane's End stallions, aside from A.P. Indy and Smart Strike, whose fees will remain the same as in 2010, are: Aragorn, $5,000; Belong to Me, $7,500; Curlin, $40,000; English Channel, $25,000; Lemon Drop Kid, $35,000; Rock Hard Ten, $25,000; and Stephen Got Even, $7,500.
Lane's End, in Versailles, Ky., is owned by William S. Farish.
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