11/06/2009 12:00AM

Lane's End drops A.P. Indy's fee by $100,000


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lane's End Farm has dropped the stud fees for 14 sires on its Kentucky roster, including A.P. Indy, whose fee was lowered from $250,000 to $150,000.

Lane's End also has lowered Smart Strike's fee from $125,000 to $75,000 and Curlin's from $75,000 to $60,000. The Versailles, Ky., nursery has added two stallions for the upcoming season: former Hill 'n' Dale Farm stallion Candy Ride, whose fee climbs from $12,500 to $25,000, and former Hurricane Hall sire English Channel, who keeps his 2009 fee of $25,000.

"In an effort to increase market value for all of our clients, we will continue to closely monitor the size of our stallions' books and will remain sensitive to that issue," Lane's End owner Will Farish said, touching on breeders' concerns about oversupply during a market downturn.

A.P. Indy is the farm's most expensive stallion by advertised stud fee. Kingmambo, who also stood last year for $250,000, has a private fee for 2010. The other stallions taking fee cuts next year are After Market, $12,500, down from $25,000; Aragorn and Belong to Me, $7,500, down from $15,000 and $10,000, respectively; City Zip and Pleasant Tap, $10,000, down from $12,500; Langfuhr, $17,500, from $20,000; Lemon Drop Kid, $35,000, from $50,000; Mineshaft, $20,000, from $30,000; Pleasantly Perfect, $10,000, from $15,000; Rock Hard Ten, $25,000, from $30,000; and War Pass, $20,000, from $30,000.

Dixie Union ($35,000), Mingun ($5,000), Stephen Got Even ($7,500), and Wando ($5,000) will keep their 2009 fees.

All Lane's End fees will be payable when the foal stands and nurses, and breeders who pay the stud fee in full by Nov. 1, 2010, will receive a 10 percent discount.

Lane's End also announced it has retired Gulch, the 1988 champion sprinter and longtime sire who is 25 this year, because of declining fertility. Gulch, a Mr. Prospector horse, bred 20 mares in 2009, according to Jockey Club statistics. North America's second-leading sire in 1995, Gulch is the sire of 1995 champion 3-year-old, Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner, and 2001 leading sire Thunder Gulch; English champion Nayef; and English classic winner Harayir. He is the sire of 70 stakes winners, including the Grade 1 or Group 1 winners Court Vision, The Cliff's Edge, Wallenda, and Torrential. He has progeny earnings of more than $80 million.

Gulch, a son of the Rambunctious mare Jameela, stood for $20,000 in 2009.

Most Darby Dan stud fees unchanged

Darby Dan Farm will keep most of its stud fees at 2009 levels for the upcoming breeding season.

According to the 2010 fees posted on the Lexington farm's Web site, only second-year stallion Nobiz Like Shobiz will have a change in price; his fee will drop from $7,500 to $2,500. Take of Ekati is new on the roster this year and will debut at $15,000.

The remainder of the farm's stallions will stay the same: Magna Graduate, $5,000; Perfect Soul, $15,000; Repriced, private; Run Away and Hide, $7,500; Suave, $12,500; and Sun King, $10,000.

Open house during Darley Stud sale

Darley Stud's Kentucky division will host an open house during the first week of the November sales, which run from Nov. 10-22 in Lexington. The farm will be open to visitors Nov. 9-13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Breeders are welcome to inspect the farm's stallions not on shuttle duty to the Southern Hemisphere. Among those available for inspection is Medaglia d'Oro, sire of Rachel Alexandra. Darley bought out Stonewall Stallions' interest in Medaglia d'Oro this summer and relocated the 10-year-old El Prado horse to its American stallion headquarters at the former Jonabell Farm in Lexington. He stands in 2010 for $100,000.