11/20/2012 12:17PM

Fares Farm to disperse stock at Keeneland January sale


Issam Fares’s Fares Farm, breeder of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, will disperse its Thoroughbred breeding and racing stock at the Keeneland horses of all ages sale, held Jan. 7-11. Lane’s End Farm will act as agent for the dispersal. The 80-horse consignment consists of 37 broodmares, 33 yearlings, and 10 horses of racing age and will be offered without reserve.

Highlighting the dispersal is Embur’s Song, Canadian champion older female of 2011. The 5-year-old Unbridled’s Song mare is in foal to leading sire Giant’s Causeway. Also in the dispersal are Deputy Saint, a half-sister to Curlin who is in foal to Lemon Drop Kid, as well as a yearling half-sister to Curlin by Distorted Humor.

“We have had a long and enjoyable relationship with the Fares family,” said Lane’s End owner Will Farish. “Lane’s End is pleased to be the agent for the dispersal of this influential breeder’s group of horses with such quality pedigrees.”

A prominent businessman and former government official in his native Lebanon, Fares bred and raced Thoroughbreds for more than 25 years in the name of his Fares Farm, located near Lexington, Ky. Fares Farm bred two-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Da Hoss and French champion Shaanxi. He campaigned champion turf female and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Miss Alleged, French highweighted older horse and leading sire Highest Honor, and graded stakes winners Le l’Argent, Western Larla, Chimes Band and Minister Wife.

“While my father is exiting the Thoroughbred breeding and racing business to pursue other interests, Fares Farm and Lexington will always be his second home,” said Nijad I. Fares, son of Issam Fares. “We look forward to continuing to be a part of this wonderful community.”

“Mr. Fares is an astute horseman, and has enjoyed remarkable success on an international stage,” said Walt Robertson, Keeneland’s vice president of sales. “His dispersal features a collection of quality, young mares in foal to a variety of highly commercial sires, and yearlings representing some of the industry’s most exciting stallions.”