07/25/2016 1:55PM

Lane's End Texas closes, sends three stallions to Valor Farm


Lane’s End Texas, a top breeding operation in the state, has closed, and the operation’s three stallions – Too Much Bling, Grasshopper, and Congaree – have been relocated to Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas.

The Hempstead, Texas, farm is owned by William S. Farish, a Texas native who also owns the primary Lane’s End base in Versailles, Ky. The stallions were managed by longtime farm general manager Danny Shifflett.

“I have been very blessed during my time at Lane’s End to work for someone like Mr. Farish and enjoy the type of animals he has produced and the care that he allows you to give to those horses,” said Shifflett. “We had a great staff with some remarkable people who were here for many, many years. We really appreciate the support we received from the Texas industry and from around the country.”

Valid Expectations, the state’s all-time leading sire by progeny earnings and North America’s leading freshman sire of 2001, spent the bulk of his stallion career at Lane’s End Texas prior to being pensioned in Kentucky in 2013 and dying later that year. He surpassed Sunny’s Halo as the state’s leading sire in 2013, led by runners including United Arab Emirates Group 1 winner Saratoga County and Grade 2 winner The Daddy.

The Texas Thoroughbred Association summer yearling and mixed sale Aug. 29 at Lone Star Park will feature a dispersal of some of Lane’s End Texas’s broodmares, along with weanlings and yearlings by the farm’s stallions.

Residents of the former Lane’s End Texas account for four of the top five spots on the state’s leading sire list for 2016, including the late Valid Expectations in second place.

Too Much Bling, a son of Rubiano, sits atop the list with 30 winners and progeny earnings of $905,978. If his sizable advantage holds on through the end of the year, it would mark his fifth consecutive season as the state’s leading sire.

Grasshopper, by Dixie Union, sits third on the Texas sire list and second among active sires, while Congaree, a son of Arazi, moved to Texas in 2015 and is ranked fifth overall.

The Lane’s End Texas stallions will join the roster of Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Valor Farm, which also includes Crossbow, Early Flyer, Jet Phone, and My Golden Song.

“We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to stand these top stallions that Danny and his team have done such a great job with,” said Valor Farm general manager Ken Carson. “Keeping these horses in Texas is important. The response we’ve gotten from our clients already has been great; people are excited to have them in North Texas.”