Sunday, July 01, 2001

Farish's Lane's End gives Spiral boost

Enquirer staff, wire reports

        The announcement that Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., and Turfway Park have a three-year sponsorship agreement for the Grade II Spiral Stakes enhances not only the breeding farm but the prestige of the Kentucky Derby prep race.

        “We're excited about becoming the title sponsor of the Spiral Stakes,” said Will Farish, who has served as chairman of the board of directors for Churchill Downs since 1992 and was recently nominated as the Ambassador to Great Britain by President George W. Bush. “This race has produced many world-class runners, including several that we have on our farm. In addition, we're thrilled to have the opportunity to support the racing aspect of our game. Without racing, there would be no need for the breeding.”

        The Lane's End Spiral Stakes will be March 23.

        The Spiral (formerly Jim Beam) proved a pivotal stepping-stone race to the Derby during the 1990s. Summer Squall, Hansel, Lil E. Tee and Prairie Bayou won Turfway's showcase before going on to Triple Crown race victories. The race has produced 15 millionaires, including 1995 winner Serena's Song, who retired as the sport's richest female thoroughbred with $3 million-plus earnings. Hansel, Prairie Bayou and Serena's Song all won divisional championship honors as 3-year-olds.


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