August 10, 2015

The first foals from Lane’s End’s spectacular freshman-sire duo of UNION RAGS and THE FACTOR are generating a buzz in advance of this evening’s first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.

“Yearlings by THE FACTOR and UNION RAGS were well received by buyers at our July yearling sale,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr. “The positive momentum will continue at the Saratoga Sale, as each stallion is represented by some outstanding individuals.”

THE FACTOR has six catalogued horses at Saratoga, while UNION RAGS has eight. The latter’s representatives include Hip 5, a half-sister to the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and Champion 2-Year-Old She Be Wild from the draft of Meg Levy’s Bluewater Sales.

UNION RAGS seems to be stamping his progeny with his intelligent head and eye, powerful body and flashy white markings,” said Levy. “Hip 5 has all that, and the precocious look and swinging walk of her half-sister, the Grade 1 winner She Be Wild.”

Bloodstock agent Christina Jelm had similarly positive feed back on Hip 21, a UNION RAGS half-brother to the Grade 1 winner Wickedly Perfect from Warrendale Sales.

“He’s is a strong, balanced colt with a good long gaskin, and he has a lovely family,” Jelm said of the Ides of March-foaled colt, whose siblings also include SW Wicked Mizz and the G2SP Ash Zee. “Overall, he looks like a horse you wouldn’t want to run against!”

Lane’s End Sales consigns yet another UNION RAGS standout, Hip 178, a son of MSW & MGSP Runway Rosie. “He’s a quality physical—a well-grown, forward-looking colt with great natural substance and a big, energetic stride,” said Lane’s End’s Allaire Ryan. “He just looks like an athlete—very much like his sire.”

UNION RAGS was last year’s leading freshman sire by weanling average ($134,315) and by median ($130,000), with 19 of 23 on offer sold. At Fasig-Tipton July, four UNION RAGS yearlings sold for an average of $111,250 and median of $115,000.

THE FACTOR’s first yearlings were also very well-received at Fasig-Tipton July, where all five on offer sold. They averaged $144,000—off a $15,000 fee—and had a median of $150,000.

Bloodstock agent Kim Valerio, who purchased record-setting, dual Grade 1 winner THE FACTOR as a yearling, said she’s excited about what she’s seen from members of his first crop.

THE FACTOR had it all as a yearling: looks, movement, pedigree…color,” she said. “It showed through in his race career. Like him, his yearlings look fast. I’m praying I get one!”

Torie and Jimbo Gladwell’s Top Line Sales offers Hip 202, a gray colt like his sire and a half-brother to SW & G1SP Traffic Guard.

“We have had extremely high expectations for this since since he was acquired privately,” said Torie Gladwell. “He has everything you look for in an individual: size, balance, good conformation and athleticism. His walk is like none other—fluid with a huge over stride.”

Agent Pete Bradley, one of the best in the business at discovering talent, said a large number of yearlings by THE FACTOR have made it onto his short list.

“Like his sire War Front, THE FACTOR is bringing it with his young horses…and then some,” said Bradley. They have leg and scope and have a lot of athleticism. I really like them.”

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