Arindel Farm, a leading Florida based owner/breeder, has joined Sequel Stallions New York in support of Union Jackson. Twelve mares from the farm in Florida will go to New York to be bred to the Stonestreet-raced son of Curlin.
“The exceptionally speedy Union Jackson is not only by two-time Horse of the Year and exceptional sire, Curlin, he is out of Hot Dixie Chick, who was not only the fastest 2-year-old filly of her crop but is also half-sister to Grade 1 Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming. He presents the perfect opportunity for us to really double down on the New York program,” explains Arindel Farm's Brian Cohen. “I can't imagine a better team than Sequel New York and Stonestreet who have already been supporting the stallion with very nice mares.”
“We couldn't be more excited about the Arindel mares coming to Union Jackson this year. Many of them are by their stallion Brethren which is a perfect cross. Not only are they physically a good match for him, but they are also from some very nice families,” said Becky Thomas. “There are stakes winners and stakes producers including the full-sister to Grade 1 stakes winner Bustin Stones and current multiple stakes winner Cookie Dough, a half to multiple Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Lava Man and a half to Grade 1 stakes winner Dialed In.”
A son of two-time Horse of the Year and champion sire Curlin, out of Grade 1 winner Hot Dixie Chick, half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, Union Jackson was bred in Kentucky by Barbara Banke's Grace Thoroughbred Holdings, campaigned by her Stonestreet Stables, and trained by Steve Asmussen.
Union Jackson broke his maiden by 7 3/4 lengths going six furlongs at Keeneland becoming a TDN Rising Star. He went on to win an 8 1/4-length score in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup Stakes and a victory in the Iowa Sprint Handicap, which he took while running six furlongs in 1:08.75. On the board in nine of 11 starts, he won six races by over a combined 27 lengths with earnings of $273,874.
Union Jackson was New York's most popular first crop sire in 2018 by number of mares bred (78) and his first crop are yearlings of 2020. He stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2020 fee of $5,000.
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