Issam Fares’ Fares Farm, breeder of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and most recently represented by graded stakes winner Embur’s Song, will completely disperse its Thoroughbred breeding and racing stock at Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held January 7-11, 2013.
Lane’s End Farm will act as agent for the dispersal. The 80-horse consignment, which is comprised of 37 broodmares, 33 yearlings and 10 horses of racing age, will be offered without reserve.
“We have had a long and enjoyable relationship with the Fares family,” said Lane’s End owner Will Farish. “Lane’s End is pleased to be the agent for the dispersal of this influential breeder’s group of horses with such quality pedigrees.”
Highlighting the dispersal is Embur’s Song, a five-year-old mare by Unbridled’s Song, in foal to Giant’s Causeway. Embur’s Song was named Canada’s 2011 champion older female following wins in the Grade III Ontario Matron, Hendrie, and Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare. Also featured in the dispersal are Deputy Saint, a half-sister to Curlin, in foal to Lemon Drop Kid, and a yearling half-sister to Curlin by Distorted Humor.
“While my father is exiting the thoroughbred breeding and racing business to pursue other interests, Fares Farm and Lexington will always be his second home,” said Nijad I. Fares, son of Issam Fares. “We look forward to continuing to be a part of this wonderful community.”
A prominent businessman and former government official in his native Lebanon, Fares has bred and raced Thoroughbreds for more than 25 years in the name of his Fares Farm, located near Lexington. Among the numerous stakes winners bred by Fares are Curlin, named 2007-2008 Horse of the Year and 2007 champion three-year-old colt following wins in the 2007 Preakness and Breeders’ Cup Classic , and 2008 Dubai World Cup; Da Hoss, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1996 and 1998; and French champion Shaanxi. Fares campaigned Miss Alleged, winner of the 1991 Breeders’ Cup Turf and champion turf female; French champion Highest Honor; and graded stakes winners Le l’Argent, Western Larla, Chimes Band and Minister Wife.
“Mr. Fares is an astute horseman, and has enjoyed remarkable success on the international stage,” said Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson. “His dispersal features a collection of quality, young mares in foal to a variety of highly commercial sires, and yearlings representing some of the industry’s most exciting stallions.”