10/18/2014 6:53PM

Lane’s End purchases interest in classic winner Tonalist


Lane’s End has purchased an interest in classic winner Tonalist, and the 3-year-old will presumably stand at the Versailles, Ky., farm upon the conclusion of his racing career.

Tonalist, a son of the leading sire Tapit, won this year’s Belmont Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup and will make his next start Nov. 1 in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The colt, who now will race in partnership for R.S. Evans and Lane’s End, is trained by Christophe Clement. Lane’s End did not indicate whether Tonalist would retire for 2015 or return to race as a 4-year-old.

“We are extremely excited to acquire an interest in this outstanding colt,” Lane’s End’s Will Farish said in a release issued by the farm Saturday. “[Tapit] is quickly becoming the most important stallion in America. Tonalist is his only Grade 1 winning son at a mile and a quarter and the only multiple Grade 1 winning son.”

Tonalist would become the third Belmont Stakes winner on the active Lane’s End roster, joining Lemon Drop Kid (1999) and Union Rags (2012). The farm’s flagship sire is the pensioned champion A.P. Indy, winner of the 1992 Belmont and Tonalist’s paternal great-grandsire.

Tonalist is out of the winning Pleasant Colony mare Settling Mist, whose four stakes-producing half-sisters include the dams of Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and Grade 1 winner Riskaverse. It is the family of leading sire Raja Baba, champion Plugged Nickle, and Grade 1 winners Sauce Boat and Christiecat.

M More than 1 year ago
Following the large hearts... I think this Lane's End outfit did best at carrying forward the Lassie Dear and My Charmer large hearted endurance lines (that's right, I mentioned the foundation mares)... The Belmont winners express the trait and they can get good fees at those wanting to roll the dice hope they can pass it on...
mark More than 1 year ago
A coup for Lanes End as they keep proliferating their great bloodlines ,which is a brilliant piece of business acumen for the future. Do hope he runs as a 4 year old as he is a lot of fun to watch and a good play at the windows. In fact, I think he has a huge chance at the Breeders Cup Classic, but that all depends on whether or not he acclimates to the much harder Santa Anita strip. he could be running late and mowing down the entire field. I would love to get 5 or 6 to 1 in the mutuels..
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
The drf thinks he already won the classic or at a classic distance ?
Jacqueline Schumacher More than 1 year ago
Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes at 12 furlongs, and the JCGC at 10 furlongs; so yeah, I think it is fair to say that Tonalist has won at a classic distance.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
The jockey club is not two turns, only 1.35 turns. Past jockey club and Belmont runners are dismal in the BC classic at Santa Anita. Wow droselmeyer won the classic in the slowest classic ever. Mucho, larned, blame, ravens and zenyatta never won at 10 furlongs or more before or after the BC classic. So what weight does the word "classic" carry in the no steroid era ? Last years Belmont winner, palace malice turned into miler. Summer bird who won the Belmont and jockey club at three like tonalist did, finished fourth in his Santa Anita BC classic. I hope you still don't believe chef de race dosage profiles mean anything anymore. They are legit as a tapit horse being called a classic stallion.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Triple Crown races are called classics. You really don't know what you are talking about do you. You can admit it
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Your last six BC classic winners have won only one other classic distance graded race. That was drosselmeyer's Belmont, that was run in 2:31 and change. The term classic doesn't mean much when run races on a concrete harness track. endurance isn't tested.
Jacqueline Schumacher More than 1 year ago
Okay, I think we are working off two different definitions of "classic distance", so I need to know what you consider to be the classic distance.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Better off putting your money on beholder, he's a beast! In order to do that workout he's either fit or must have amazing epo sodium bicarbonate combo to do that work. Bow to beholder!!!
Jaime Dubyna More than 1 year ago
Huh? They aren't in the same race, and this article is about Tonalist standing at Lane's End.
Jacqueline Schumacher More than 1 year ago
And Beholder is a filly.