10/25/2011 2:55PM

Lane's End getting Shakespeare at Kentucky Farm


Dual Grade 1 winner and course record-setter Shakespeare will relocate from Florida to Kentucky, where he will stand at Lane’s End in 2012.

The Versailles, Ky., farm will announce his fee later. Signature Stallions in Reddick, Fla., had advertised him for $10,000 on its website.

A 10-year-old Theatrical horse, Shakespeare has his first foals as juveniles in 2011. That initial crop includes Shkspeare Shaliyah, who became Shakespeare’s first stakes winner when he took the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes earlier this month. Shakespeare’s five other first-crop winners this year from 11 starters also include Prince Raphael and Sheza Drama Queen, who won their maidens this year by 6 3/4 lengths and 11 lengths, respectively.

Shakespeare won the 2005 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational and 2007 Woodbine Mile, both Grade 1 events, and also set a course record taking the Grade 2 Belmont Breeders’ Cup Handicap in 2005. He earned more than $1.2 million.

Shakespeare is out of Grade 1 winner and course record-setter Lady Shirl, by That’s a Nice. He is a full brother to graded winner Lady Shakespeare and a half-brother to graded winner Perfect Shirl and stakes-winner Fantastic Shirl.