02/28/2011 2:48PM

Grasshopper to stand at Lane's End in Texas


Grasshopper, a Grade 3 winner who was runner-up to Street Sense in the 2007 Travers, has retired to stud at Lane’s End Texas in Hempstead, Tex.

His fee has yet to be announced.

The 7-year-old Grasshopper is by the late Lane’s End sire Dixie Union, who died last year, and raced as a homebred for Lane’s End owner Will Farish, E.J. hudson, and the estate of James Elkins, Jr. He retires with $848,852 in purse earnings.

Grasshopper won the 2008 Mineshaft Handicap, a Grade 3 event, and placed in six other graded stakes, most notably his second in the Travers and a third in the 2008 Whitney behind Commentator and Student Council. He won 5 of 21 lifetime starts, finished second six times, and finished third twice.

Grasshopper is out of the unraced Mr. Prospector mare Grass Skirt. He’s a full brother to Grade 3 winner Turf War and stakes-winner Straw Hat.