Multiple Graded Stakes Winner and G1-placed Unified (Candy Ride x Union City, by Dixie Union) has been retired to Lane's End and will stand for $10,000 in 2018.
Campaigned by Centennial Farms and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Unified was unbeaten in his first three starts culminating with a win in the G2 Peter Pan S. at Belmont in a swift 1:47 flat. Since 1983, only two horses have recorded faster times than Unified, who bested the times of sire greats like A.P. Indy (1:47.40) and Seeking the Gold (1:47.60).
Unified showed from the beginning he was a horse with unique ability. He was tabbed a TDN Rising Star when he captured his debut in 1:08.95 at Gulfstream, an effort that earned him a 99 Beyer Speed Figure. That was the highest Beyer awarded to a maiden of his generation. Unified's reputation was such that he was sent off the 6-5 choice in the G3 Bay Shore S. next out, and he dazzled once again, winning by three lengths.
In his seasonal debut at four, Unified won the G3 Gulfstream Park Sprint S. at 6 ½ furlongs defeating MG1W Mind Your Biscuits. In the event, Unified carved out fractions of :44.71 and 1:08.92 and stopped the clock in 1:15.30 coming home in 6 & change. In his next start Unified was a close 2nd in the Carter (G1) conceding 4 pounds to the winner.
“It's rare that a horse with that kind of speed can carry it and win the traditional prep for the Belmont Stakes in one of the fastest times ever,” said trainer Jimmy Jerkens. “It's those types that make great sires.”
Bred by Blue Devil Racing Stable, Unified, a $325,000 Saratoga yearling, is out of Union City, who hails from the immediate family of champion and influential sire Dehere.
“He has the physique and pedigree to be a speed and two-year-old sire. His pedigree is filled with precocious influence–he's by Candy Ride (ARG), who produced Champion two-year-old Shared Belief, and his dam is by Dixie Union, a well-known source of speed. She is a full sister to a G2 winner at 2. His second dam is by Carson City, another excellent two-year-old sire. Further, he's inbred to Blushing Groom, a Champion two-year-old and sire” said Will Farish.
“We found Unified at Lane's End, and it's only fitting that he's returning there to launch his stud career,” said Don Little Jr. of Centennial Farms. “Unified is a prospect with the impressive physique of a two-turn horse with the speed of a flat-out sprinter, and we think breeders are going to absolutely love him when they get a look at him.”
Unified retires with a record of 7-4-1-0, $476,880. He will be available for inspection during the Keeneland September sale.
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