January 15, 2014

Winner of the G1 Champagne S. at two. Winner of the G1 Belmont S. at three. An impeccably bred stallion with movie-star good looks, and now one of the most exciting young prospects in the stallion ranks. UNION RAGS was the leading freshman sire in the nation by covering-sire median at the 2013 November bloodstock sales, with 10 of the 12 mares in-foal to the brilliant Classic winner selling for a median of $170,000. UNION RAGS was the second-leading freshman sire by covering-sire average, with those 10 mares averaging $202,500.

Mares in foal to UNION RAGS who sold included:

  • $400,000 Maid of Heaven (FTKNOV), a SW & GSP half to SW & MGSP Amandatude (purchased by William S. Reightler)
  • $330,000 Ingenue (KEENOV), a daughter of GISW Meadow Breeze, herself a half to G1SW Overanalyze (Arch Bloodstock, agent for Hargus & Sandra Sexton)
  • $260,000 Gleaming (KEENOV), a MSW of $380,000+ (Dixiana Farms)
  • $220,000 Midnight Visit (KEENOV), a New York SW (Grousemont Farm)
  • Other mares sold for $180,000, $160,000 (2), $140,000, $130,000, etc.

If those November mares are an indication of the quality that UNION RAGS is attracting, so too were the mares that Phyllis Wyeth, who bred and owned UNION RAGS, was buying to support him at the sales. They included:

  • $750,000 Sweeter Still (Ire) – a Grade 3-winning half to G1 Racing Post Trophy winner Kingsbarns (Ire)
  • $290,000 Heavenly Pride – a graded-performing half to MSW & G1SP Hot Storm and to MSW & MGSP Unforgotten

“Mrs. Wyeth said when [UNION RAGS] retired, that her goal was to do everything she possibly could to make him a stallion,” said Braxton Lynch, who signed for the mares on Wyeth’s behalf. Lynch told the TDN that Wyeth had bred seven mares to UNION RAGS in his first season and would likely breed eight or nine in 2014. Among the mares she sent to him include the $600,000 purchase Mini Chat, dam of Grade 1 winner Dixie Chatter (DIXIE UNION) and GSW Rumor; and the Grade 2 winner Sapphire N’ Silk (PLEASANT TAP), the dam of Grade 2 winner Shaniko (A.P. INDY) and MSW Silky Smooth.

As breeders know, that kind of owner support can go a long way in making a stallion, and will give confidence to those using UNION RAGS in his second year at stud and beyond.

Adding further to UNION RAGS’s appeal is that his family continues to remind breeders of the talent inherent in his bloodlines. In 2013, Declaration of War—produced by a half to UNION RAGS—proved to be one of Europe’s best horses, winning the G1 International S. at 10 furlongs, the G1 Queen Anne S. at a mile, and then shipping to the U.S. to be a blockbuster neck third in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic in his first try on dirt.

UNION RAGS bred 137 mares bred in his first year at stud with 92% fertility. His first foals arrive in 2014. Give us a call to schedule an appointment to view this outstanding prospect.

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