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Lane’s End Farm brought their stallion roster up to 21 members this year as they welcomed several new additions for the 2021 season in Game Winner (Candy Ride Arg), Gift Box (Twirling Candy), Honor A. P. (Honor Code) and Daredevil (More Than Ready).
We sat down with Bill Farish and spoke with him on Game Winner and Gift Box, both Grade I-winning millionaires who will join Twirling Candy and Unified in carrying on the Candy Ride (Arg) legacy at Lane’s End.
Now a perennial leading general sire, Candy Ride began his career at Hill ‘n’ Dale in 2005 but soon moved to Lane’s End, where his stud fee doubled to $25,000, in 2010.

Today, with 16 Grade I winners, six champions and a $75,000 stud fee, which was lowered from $100,000 in 2020 due to nationwide fee cuts, he sits on the cusp of passing on the baton to his sons and grandsons.
Six stallions by Candy Ride reside in Kentucky this year. Of those two are new for 2021, Game Winner and Vekoma, and only one has seen runners- four-time Grade I producer Twirling Candy. The remaining three, Gun Runner, Mastery and Unified, will all be represented by their first 2-year-olds this year.
“Candy Ride is really making a phenomenal sire of sires,” Farish said. “It’s always neat to see a stallion take it to that level and become a sire of sires like we were able to see with A. P. Indy and others. It stamps their mark on the breed in a very significant way.”
Game Winner (Candy Ride Arg), $30,000
   Game Winner begins his career at stud as a $2 million earner, a Breeders’ Cup and Eclipse champion, and a graded stakes winner at two and three.
   Bred by Summer Wind Farm, the colt was the third and final foal out of Indyan Giving (A. P. Indy), who died shortly after his foaling. Game Winner’s 7-year-old half-brother Flagstaff (Speightstown) is a Grade II winner still in training with John Sadler and their grand-dam Fleet Indian (Indian Charlie) is a champion older mare and dual Grade I winner.
A $110,000 Keeneland September buy for Ben Glass, agent for Gary and Mary West, Game Winner was sent to Bob Baffert and soon made a ‘TDN Rising Star’-worthy debut with a 5 3/4-length victory at Del Mar.
“I think he surprised Bob a little bit in his maiden win,” Farish said. “If I remember right, I don’t think Bob thought he was that precocious for him to run as well as he did first time out.”
That precocity never wavered for the remainder of his undefeated juvenile season as the colt reeled off victories in the GI Del Mar Futurity, GI American Pharoah S. and GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
“At that point when he ran in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, he was not necessarily coming to Lane’s End,” Farish noted. “But we were very excited to see him run and hoping obviously for Candy Ride that he would run well. It was great to see him really follow through. It’s a tough race usually for favorites and he really came in and put on a great performance.”
Game Winner’s 2 1/4-length victory in the juvenile championship over a field that included eventual Grade I winners Knicks Go (Paynter) and Mind Control (Stay Thirsty), as well as 2018 GI Champagne S. winner Complexity (Maclean’s Music), sealed his Eclipse title for champion 2-year-old colt.
“I think any horse that comes out as a 2-year-old and wins three straight Grade I races, you just don’t see it very often,” Farish said. “Bob said in an interview that to bring it to that championship level is really special and in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, he showed just how good he was.”
After a four-month layoff, the bay continued on his journey towards the Kentucky Derby  in the GII Rebel S., finishing second by a nose to Omaha Beach (War Front), who would later claim three more Grade I wins that year. He again ran second in his next start in the GI Santa Anita Derby.
In the GI Kentucky Derby, Game Winner was forced to take a wide trip, but gained ground late to finish sixth, elevated later to fifth after the disqualification of Maximum Security (New Year’s Day). His effort earned the best Thorograph figure of the field.
“In the Derby, he was always up against it,” Farish said. “He had a tough post and then his running style in a 19-horse field really made it difficult for him. If you go back and watch the race, it’s a phenomenal move that he makes.”
The sophomore returned to California to win the GIII Los Alamitos Derby by five lengths that summer, but incurred a high suspensory injury soon after that prevented him from returning to the starting gate and he was subsequently retired.
Farish spoke on the new addition’s reception in his first year at stud.
“His first book is shaping up to be really phenomenal for us,” he said. “A 150-mare book is a big book and he’s going to be a little north of that in his first year. The West’s are very supportive of all their sire prospects and they’re breeding some very nice mares to him.”
Farish said that Game Winner’s status as a juvenile champion has been one of the biggest attractions for breeders.
“In recent years, 2-year-old champions have had great success at stud with Nyquist, Uncle Mo, Street Sense and others. It’s traditionally something farms look for, that 2-year-old precocity. It’s not the only criteria, but it’s certainly been very successful in recent years and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t help Game Winner in a big way.”
Additionally, Farish noted that the new addition’s physical reflects the best of his sire.
“Game Winner is a little bit bigger version of Candy Ride,” he said. “He’s a good, medium-sized horse, is really well conformed and physically, is everything you’d want in a sire prospect. So we can’t wait to see his offspring running pretty soon.”
Gift Box (Twirling Candy), $10,000
Gift Box, the first grandson of Candy Ride to join the Lane’s End roster, begins his stud career as a Grade I-winning millionaire.
“Gift Box is an exciting horse for us as well,” Farish said. “Being a son of Twirling Candy, it’s really fun for us to have that three-generation history with the horse. He showed, from two and three and on, just how good he was.”
A $135,000 weanling purchase for the Farish family, the Machmer Hall-bred colt was sent to Chad Brown as a juvenile and won in his second start at two before placing in the GII Remsen S.
At three, Gift Box ran second in the Curlin S. behind stablemate and eventual studmate Connect (Curlin), and later ran fourth in the GI Travers S.
Transferred to the John Sadler barn towards the tail end of his 5-year-old season to be campaigned by Hronis Racing, the speedy gray defeated champion Battle of Midway (Smart Strike) in the GII San Antonio S. before getting his Grade I win in the Santa Anita H., besting Grade I winners McKinzie (Street Sense) and Mongolian Groom (Hightail).
“He certainly had some big races all in a row in California,” Farish recalled. “We knew he had the ability, but to see it happen on that day was so important. It was amazing how high John Sadler was on him really from the time he got him and he lived up to that billing.”
Gift Box wrapped up his 6-year-old campaign with a second-place finish behind champion Vino Rosso (Curlin) in the GI Gold Cup at Santa Anita S. and a 3 3/4-length win in the GII San Antonio S.
In his five-year career, the son of Twirling Candy ran in the money in all but four of his 18 starts.
“Gift Box is interesting because we usually don’t retire horses at that age,” Farish noted. “So I was kind of curious as to if anyone else had been that successful at that age and of course, Speightstown jumps right at you. To see the length of Speightstown’s stud career and the impact he’s had solved any trepidation I had with Gift Box.”
The new stallion is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Special Me who also produced dual Grade II winner and Grade I placed Stonetastic (Mizzen Mast) as well as Grade II winner Special Forces (Candy Ride Arg). The mare’s most recent foal, a filly by Into Mischief named Gina Romantica, sold for $1.025 million to Liz Crow at the 2020 Keeneland September Sale.
“His pedigree is really exciting to me with Unbridled’s Song on the bottom side,” Farish said. “With that comes speed and precocity, and I think that crossed with Candy Ride and Twirling Candy is pretty exciting to see how it plays out. He’s a gorgeous physical with a lot of Unbridled’s Song in him in the best sort of way. He’s really beautifully conformed and we can’t wait to see what his babies look like.”

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Greatest Adventure Beckons Courtlandt


We sometimes talk of the moment in a young horse’s career when the bulb switches on. When the resulting illumination is as brilliant as was the case with Greatest Honour (Tapit) at Gulfstream last Saturday, however, it feels as though the whole sport can bask in the glow. Those few strides in the GIII Holy Bull S. when he clicked into top gear, before running clear in the stretch, not only announced his own candidature but cast into exciting new perspective the whole road to Churchill on the first Saturday in May.
The way ahead looks particularly auspicious for Tapit, whose career at Gainesway plainly deserves the final gilding of a GI Kentucky Derby success. With champion Essential Quality already setting the standard, he now also has one to head all the emerging talent in these initial sophomore skirmishes. Both horses, moreover, vindicate acorn-to-oak development by a breeding program.
And what acorns, in this case! For the second and fourth dams of Greatest Honour are Broodmares of the Year, with a GI Kentucky Oaks winner in between, and the family seeded by distaff influences of corresponding stature in Street Cry (Ire), Deputy Minister and Blushing Groom (Fr). Every forward step now, then, will only add to the appeal of Greatest Honour as a stallion prospect. As such, even after a solitary start outside maidens, he already appears potentially the most significant horse in the history of Courtlandt Farm.

Its principal achiever to date remains Grade I winner Film Maker (Dynaformer), placed in three consecutive runnings of the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. But Donald Adam and his wife Donna, the farm’s owners, remain as enthusiastic as ever judging from their acquisition of half a dozen yearlings in the first two sessions at Keeneland last September for $4,325,000. This reflects a new strategy over the past five years or so, Courtlandt having primarily raced homebreds to that point. For octogenarian owners, clearly, that’s a pretty natural evolution.
“I think Mr. Adam just felt that by the time you have planned your mating, and the gestation is 11 months, and then it’s another year and a half before you’re breaking them…time goes along pretty quick on you,” explains Ernie Retamoza, their farm manager. “Whereas when you go to the yearling sales and you’re defining athletes you think fit your program, you get them home and they’re under tack within two or three weeks. But it was a process. We didn’t just lead all the mares over there and sell them. We went through them case by case.”
The net result is a broodmare band trimmed from around 25 to seven or eight. And actually Tiffany’s Honour (Street Cry Ire), the dam of Greatest Honour, fell right into that mix, spending just three years on the Courtlandt books before being moved on. Yet while her stay was relatively brief, it had ample span for destiny to incorporate extremes of tragedy and hope.
As a daughter of $14-million broodmare icon Better Than Honour (Deputy Minister), and duly a half-sister to GI Belmont S. winners Rags To Riches (A.P. Indy) and Jazil (Seeking The Gold), the 4-year-old Tiffany’s Honour did not meet her reserve even at $2.3 million when offered with a maiden cover by Tapit at Fasig-Tipton in November 2015–despite finishing stone last in all three starts for breeder Southern Equine Stables. And even though Courtlandt was then just beginning its transition, Adam couldn’t resist the idea of a Tapit out of that family. He secured a private deal and, sure enough, Tiffany’s Honour delivered a beauty.
“Just an unbelievable colt,” Retamoza recalls. “Lane’s End has a pretty good client media section, they take real good care of us, and we always get pictures from Alys Emson through email of our foals and mares. But with this particular colt, I got a picture one day from [long-serving farm manager] Mike Cline. Mike never sends me pictures! I thought that spoke volumes.”
Tiffany’s Honour had meanwhile been sent to War Front and, consistent with the new policy, was slated for sale that November. But then disaster struck: the Tapit colt was lost in a paddock accident.
“That just broke our hearts,” Retamoza says. “We knew this was the reason Mr. Adam had pursued the mare, we knew what Lane’s End thought of him, it had looked like everything was working out. And then this unfortunate thing happened.”
Undaunted, Adam resolved to seek redress from fate and retained the mare for another visit to Tapit. With a colt safely delivered in April 2018, Tiffany’s Honour was sent to Keeneland that November with a Medaglia d’Oro cover, and realized $2.2 million from Katsumi Yoshida.
Her War Front colt had been sold in the same ring a couple of months previously, for $1.1 million. Sadly he didn’t work out, vanned off the track when making his second start in a maiden claimer at Belterra Park last year. As the mare’s own track career had shown, even genes like these can slip their cogs in the wheel of fortune.
“Boy, it just shows you,” Retamoza mused. “That gene pool, it might skip one–but when it’s in place, it’s strong. I think Mr. Adam understood that and he really hung his hat on getting a Tapit from this mare. All the credit on Greatest Honour goes to Mr. Adam. He found the mare at the sale, he pursued her after the R.N.A., and he persevered after we lost her colt. He decided to see it through. That’s what makes this truly special. The plan came to fruition, and Mr. Adam did all the work himself.”
Here his patron would surely demur, because this version of events modestly passes over another key contributor to the development of Greatest Honour: Ernie Retamoza. Son of a Kentucky trainer, Retamoza has long done the groundwork on the farm–and done such a good job that Lane’s End have ended up sending some of their own young stock alongside the Courtlandt weanlings when they migrate to Ocala every winter. It was Retamoza, for instance, who broke in eventual Derby runner-up Code Of Honour (Noble Mission GB). Another elite outfit doing the same is St Elias Stable.
“That’s a big endorsement and I’m humbled by that,” admits Retamoza, who has been at Courtlandt since 1996. “I’m very hands-on, I’m there every moment. I bridle and saddle and handle as many horses a day as my help. With these young horses, it only takes one bad experience and you’re trying to fix something for two or three weeks. So we’re diligent about not making those mistakes. And I have great staff here. They know what I want, and that I’m there with them as part of the process. So, as soon as they feel like, ‘Hey, that horse didn’t have a good day,’ then I’m directly involved.
“Especially at the beginning stages, the bridling and all that stuff, it’s such a fine line. And as they develop–as they start to gain fitness and pick up the pace, and learn how to rate and relax–the biggest challenge is the mental side. So, what I always tell my guys is, ‘I want to get them fit, but I don’t want them to know they’re fit.’ That’s the key, that’s the challenge. Anybody can gallop, gallop, gallop. But there’s always so many nuances you have to see.”
It was into skilled hands, then, that the yearling Greatest Honour arrived from Lane’s End in August 2019, ready to be broken alongside the yearlings recruited at the imminent sales.
“And right off the van he was ‘as advertised’,” Retamoza recalls. “The whole package. A big, leggy, scopey, rangy horse; correct, well-made, good bone, everything. We were excited. And he took the breaking fine, took to the training great. No issues at all. And as we got into January, February, March, when we start to get a little more serious, he was always a horse that had high energy. Always wanted to do more than you wanted–and I don’t mean that in a bad way. You’d pull up after a mile, mile-and-a-quarter gallop, and he’d always be like: ‘That all we’re doing today?’”
Retamoza has been around enough good horses to recognize what he saw here.
“Code of Honor was very, very similar,” he remarked. “You could never do enough with him in the morning. And once he got to breezing, you could almost see it: ‘Yeah, this is what I was meant to do.’ Greatest Honour was more imposing, as an individual; Code of Honor was a little smaller in stature, lighter in frame. But we knew he was a runner. Horses are different in terms of pedigree, how they’re made, how they move. But what’s always a great sign is the horse that meets you at the webbing every morning, ears forward, what’s going on.”
The next stage of Greatest Honour’s education took him to Fair Hill, where Shug McGaughey inducts juveniles into his program. And, as it happens, this was another respect in which the sails of this horse–as one of relatively few homebreds these days broken alongside the sales athletes–have been filled with a wind of change at Courtlandt. Because it was just around this time that the track division was transferred (while stressing undiminished regard for previous trainer Mark Hennig) to McGaughey.
There was, of course, already a relationship through Lane’s End, all parties having seen things fall into place with Code Of Honor.
“The Phipps family had started to sell some yearlings, and we thought it might be an opportune time,” Retamoza says. “We had a little bit of a record, breaking here at the farm for Mr. Farish, and so it just like a natural fit. We reached out to Shug, and he was able to come and look at our young ones. We didn’t want him to take anything he didn’t want. We didn’t know the situation on numbers or anything. We just let Shug dictate that and it’s worked out beautiful.”
McGaughey now has around 10 for Courtlandt, while others are stabled with Steve Asmussen. And the new regime has certainly landed running.
“Greatest Honour was only in Fair Hill about a month before Shug moved him to Belmont,” Retamoza says. “Tapit has a bit of a reputation for horses that can be a little challenging, and I think at Fair Hill he was bored, wanting to do more. So, I really credit the job Shug has done getting him to this point, in terms of the mental side. Even going into this race, Shug felt like the horse was still just figuring it all out. I think that speaks volumes for how much better he can be, and that’s exciting.”
Hence the old-school grounding for Greatest Honour, who started out by closing from off the pace in a couple of sprints before stretching out to duel with Known Agenda (Curlin) at Aqueduct and then breaking his maiden on his fourth start at Gulfstream.
“It’s been such a good process,” Retamoza says. “I thought he grew up a ton in the race in New York, where they hooked up at the top of the lane. Very rarely do you see young maidens run that professionally for that long. And then the day he won, it wasn’t the smoothest trip, the horse on his inside had some issues and he got knocked sideways. The horse has grown up a lot and it’s just a credit to Shug. Because he didn’t put a lot of pressure on him early, didn’t ever force it.”
Unfortunately, Ten For Ten (Frosted), a $410,000 Keeneland yearling who was beaten a neck in the GII Remsen S., has required a break at the farm but there are no major issues and Retamoza believes he will resume among the good sophomores in the summer. And meanwhile he’s excited about the next batch off the belt, headlined by a $1.05 million Into Mischief filly whose third dam is Hall of Famer Personal Ensign.
“They’re doing wonderful,” Retamoza enthuses. “We do take a bit of a slower approach: bring them home, let them acclimate two or three weeks, and then begin the breaking process. And the whole time they’re getting the value of going outside every morning for two or three hours. Just now we’re beginning to stop turnout, and get them into more of a race-type program: put four shoes on them, bandages every day, all the stuff to prepare them for when it’s time to ship in April or May. But we’ve got some really nice prospects and I’m delighted with how they’ve handled everything we’ve thrown at them so far.”
Fulfilling times, then, for one so immersed in the mute, daily signaling of an adolescent racehorse.
“I work seven days a week, but it’s never like work with these young horses,” he said. “Because you’re always seeing an evolution. ‘Oh, man, that horse really is starting to figure things out.’ Or, on the flip side: ‘Why did this horse have a bad day yesterday?’ So, your mind is always working. And that’s the passion that drives you. To see them progress from day one on the farm, and then go on and turn into something on the racetrack. And when ultimately you end up with a horse like this, that’s obviously where we’re trying to get with all of them.”
And you can hear in Retamoza’s s voice just how much the blossoming of Greatest Honour means to the whole Courtlandt team.
“Mr. Adam is an absolute gentleman to work for,” he stressed. “He has been unbelievable for myself and my family. He has multiple businesses and I’m sure that all the employees would say exactly the same.
“He does everything first-class. I mean, it’s done the right way or don’t do it. And his horses are his passion. We’ve fields of horses that we bred: some raced successful, some didn’t. But they’re all right here, being taken care of. He does the right thing every step of the way–by his people, his horses and his family. All the credit goes to him: for his perseverance in the business, and the way he treats us. We’re all very excited about this horse and, hopefully, where we’re headed from here. Mr. Adam has been at this a long time and in my view there would be no better person that could have a colt like this.”

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วันพุธที่ 27 มกราคม 2021 เวลา 17:24 น. | ย้อนกลับ: อัปเดต: 27 มกราคม 2021 เวลา 17:27 น. มีคนจำนวนมากที่มีคุณสมบัติเหมาะสมในการพูดคุยเกี่ยวกับสุขภาพของกีฬามากกว่า Bill Farish ผู้ล่วงลับ นอกเหนือจากการจัดการฟาร์มประวัติศาสตร์แล้ว Farish ยังเป็นประธานของ Patriots Cup ประธานของ Horse PC และยังเป็นสมาชิกของคณะกรรมการบริหารของ Kenenland Association, Greson-Jockey Club Research Foundation และ Glac Equatorial Research มูลนิธิที่มหาวิทยาลัยเคนตักกี้ เมื่อวันพุธที่ผ่านมา Farsi ได้เข้าร่วมส่วนของนักเขียน TDN ใน Keneland ซึ่งเรียกว่าแขกรับเชิญประจำสัปดาห์ของ Green Week เพื่ออธิบายว่าเหตุใดการแข่งขันจึง “น่าเบื่อ” แบ่งปันความคิดของเขาเกี่ยวกับถ้วย 140-Marie Cup และอื่น ๆ อีกมากมาย “ ผมมีความก้าวร้าวอย่างไม่น่าเชื่อในอนาคตของกีฬา” เขากล่าว “ ฉันคิดว่าเรามีสิ่งดีๆมากมาย รัฐเคนตักกี้ต้องการทราบเกี่ยวกับข้อตกลงการแข่งม้าครั้งประวัติศาสตร์เพราะนั่นเป็นการพัฒนาที่ยิ่งใหญ่และยิ่งใหญ่สำหรับอุตสาหกรรม ฉันคิดว่ามันสำคัญมากสำหรับอนาคตของเราหากเราสามารถเก็บกระเป๋าเหล่านั้นให้เข้าที่และดูแลม้าที่เพิ่งปล่อยออกมาให้ปลอดภัยและมีเสียง เราจำเป็นต้องได้รับการวินิจฉัยที่ถูกต้อง เราจำเป็นต้องมีความภักดีและน่าเชื่อถือมากกว่าผู้เช่าในผลิตภัณฑ์ ผมคิดว่าจะช่วยได้มาก ฉันจะบอกว่ากลับไป แต่ฉันไม่แน่ใจว่าเขาทำถูกแล้ว ผมคิดว่าเป็นเรื่องใหญ่ เมื่อถามถึงกฎหมายใหม่เกี่ยวกับการจัดพิมพ์หนังสือของ Stalilia โดย Jockey Club ที่ 140 Mares ฟาสซิสต์อธิบายถึงการสนับสนุนของเขา: “ก่อนอื่นฉันไม่คิดว่าจะมีคนจำนวนมากเกินไปที่อยู่ข้างหนังสือเล่มใหญ่” สำหรับหนังสือข้อ จำกัด เป็นที่ชัดเจนสำหรับฉันว่าเรามีนักขี่ม้ายืนอยู่ในรัฐเคนตักกี้ถึง 50% เมื่อ 20 ปีก่อน นั่นเป็นผลโดยตรงจากขนาดหนังสือที่เพิ่มขึ้น ดังนั้นเมื่อฉันดูรายชื่อแผนที่ที่ได้รับในปีนี้ฉันคิดว่ามันอาจจะอยู่ในรูปแบบของ 900 จากลิงมากกว่า 900 ตัว ในอีกตอนหนึ่งทีมงานตอบสนองต่อการแสดงของ Nikis Go (Pineer’s) ในการแข่งขัน GI Pigas World Cup ซึ่งลาอายุ 3 ปีบางตัวเห็นด้วยกับเส้นทางดาร์บี้ในช่วงสุดสัปดาห์และทำลายการหยุดชะงักของการแข่งม้าครั้งประวัติศาสตร์ที่ West Point ส่วนข่าว Torrodes ในรัฐเคนตักกี้ คลิกที่นี่เพื่อดูพอดคาสต์ คลิกที่นี่เพื่อดูเวอร์ชันเสียงเท่านั้น ยังไม่ได้ลงทะเบียน? คลิกที่นี่เพื่อสมัครรับไฟล์ PDF หรือการแจ้งเตือนรายวัน เรื่องราวนี้ได้รับการนำเสนอใน Bill Fars, การแข่งม้าในประวัติศาสตร์, Kennedy, Nixon Go, Lane Final, Pegasus World Cup, พอดคาสต์ TDN, ส่วนผู้เขียน TDN, ทีมสีเขียว, Jockey Club, West Point Thorbeds

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