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fastfurlongs Lane’s End Texas Closes, Stallions Stay in State at Valor Farm


as property of the McNairs. The combination of stallions gives Valor Farm six of the top 10 active stallions in the state by 2016 progeny earnings. “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,” Carson said. “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.” Valor Farm also announced the addition of Stonesider to its roster for the 2017 breeding season.

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Lane’s End Texas, one of the Lone Star State’s leading Thoroughbred farms, closed in July, and the three stallions standing there—Too Much Bling, Grasshopper and Congaree—have been relocated to Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas. Located near Hempstead and formerly known as Huisache Farm, Lane’s End Texas stood many of the top Texas stallions over the past two decades, including the state’s all-time leading sire Valid Expectations. William S. Farish, owner of Lane’s End Texas as well as Lane’s End in Kentucky, has been a perennial leading owner and breeder in Texas. 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,” Shifflett said. “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.” The three Lane’s End Texas stallions will join the roster of another elite farm in the state, Valor Farm. Started by the late Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer Jr. in the early 1990s, Valor has also been home to many top Texas stallions over the years including Hadif, Magic Cat and Rare Brick. The farm’s 2016 roster included Crossbow, Early Flyer, Jet Phone and My Golden Song. It was also announced that the Scharbauers’ son Douglas has taken over ownership of the 393-acre facility. “He loves the business,” Valor Farm General Manager Ken Carson told Daily Racing Form. “He loves the farm, and so it’s just going to roll right on.” Too Much Bling, currently the leading Texas sire by 2016 progeny earnings, had his offspring sweep both divisions of the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity this year at Lone Star Park, with both being bred by Farish. From 195 foals of racing age, Too Much Bling has sired 21 stakes winners, or 10.8 percent, which ranks him highest among all stallions in North America. The stallion will stand for Janice and Robert McNair, Farish and Scharbauer. Grasshopper, currently ranked second on this year’s active Texas sire list, is the sire of Assault Stakes winner Supermason (also bred by Farish) and Texas Chrome, a six-time stakes winner and winner of the Grade 3 Super Derby this year. Farish retains ownership of Grasshopper. Congaree, who moved to Texas in 2015, is the sire of six graded stakes winners, including three Grade 1 winners. Congaree will stand

Leading Texas sire Too Much Bling The winning son of Giant’s Causeway entered stud at Highcliff Farm in 2008 and most recently stood in New York at Keane Stud. He was relocated as part of a desire by the McNairs to consolidate their stallion interests. Carson said he is tickled to have Stonesider on the roster, because Valor has not had a Northern Dancer-line stallion since the farm stood Magic Cat, a son of Storm Cat. Magic Cat was sold and relocated to Minnesota in 2011. Injury curtailed Stonesider’s racing career, which included winning his first start at Belmont Park as the favorite in a field that included future Grade 1 winner Flashy Bull and Grade 3 winner Tasteyville. To date, Stonesider has sired four stakes winners, including multiple stakes winner Galiana, who earned $641,861.

American Racehorse - September/October 2016  
American Racehorse - September/October 2016  

This issue of American Racehorse magazine features a long-form article about the magic of Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack in Omaha, Nebraska, plus a lo...