06/08/2013 8:02PM

Belmont Stakes: More success for Farish family’s Lane’s End

Barbara D. Livingston
Palace Malice vindicated himself with a Belmont Stakes victory on Saturday.

Palace Malice’s victory in the Belmont Stakes represented an all-encompassing triumph for William Stamps Farish III's Lane’s End, which bred the colt and stands his sire, Curlin.

It was the fourth Belmont victory for Farish - who owns Lane's End with his wife, Sarah - as a breeder, and the first where he was the sole breeder of record. With longtime business partner William Kilroy, he bred A.P. Indy (1992) and Lemon Drop Kid (1999); and he bred 1987 winner Bet Twice with E.J. Hudson.

Based in Versailles, Ky., the first 240 acres of what became Lane’s End was purchased by Farish in 1979. Since then, the farm has developed into a two-time Eclipse Award winner as outstanding breeder, and Farish himself earned an Eclipse Award of Merit in 2009 for his lifetime of success in the Thoroughbred industry.

The Lane’s End breeding program has undoubtedly left its mark on North America’s bloodlines in its 34 years of existence. Among the most notable horses bred at least in part by Farish is Weekend Surprise, Broodmare of the Year in 1992; she is the dam of Horse of the Year A.P. Indy and Preakness Stakes winner Summer Squall, both bred by Farish and Kilroy.

In 1999, Farish became the first breeder since A.J. Alexander to breed or co-breed two horses that won the three Triple Crown races, with Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic, by Summer Squall, and Belmont winner Lemon Drop Kid.

Lane’s End opened its stallion operation in 1985, and currently stands 19 stallions, including two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who debuted at the farm in 2009, and sired the Belmont Stakes winner from his first crop. Other notable stallions to stand at Lane’s End over the years include leading North American sires A.P. Indy and Smart Strike, as well as Kingmambo, Candy Ride, Gulch, Mineshaft, and Lemon Drop Kid.

Farish, 74, worked as a stockbroker in Houston, Texas, and later became involved in the mining and exploration industry, as president of Navarro Exploration Company and Fluorex. He is a prominent member of the Republican Party and served as the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, the royal court of the United Kingdom, from 2001 to 2004.

In the racing industry, Farish served as the chairman of the board for Churchill Downs from 1992 to 2001, and was appointed as a trustee to the Keeneland Association in 2006. He has also been a steward and a vice chairman of The Jockey Club, and a director and chairman of the Breeders’ Cup Executive Committee.

Lane’s End is also a leading consignor in the yearling and breeding stock markets, and Palace Malice was the seventh Belmont winner sold by the operation – with Thunder Gulch (1995), Jazil (2006), and Rags to Riches (2007) joining the four other winners bred by Farish. In 2004, Lane’s End consigned homebred Mr. Sekiguchi, whose $8-million price once made him the most expensive horse in the history of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Palace Malice was sold by Lane’s End, as agent, at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale for $25,000, purchased by Colin Brennan, agent. Owner Dogwood Stable bought the colt out of the Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale for $200,000, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.