A multiple graded stakes-winning owner with earnings of more than $10 million, Mr. Amore Stables has enjoyed much success lately, having campaigned Grade 1 Champagne Stakes winner Firenze Fire as well as Breeders Cup Turf Sprint-placed Tightend Touchdown, in addition to many others.
Hoboken Honey is out of a half-sister to Daiwa Bandit, a multiple stakes winner in Japan of over $1.4 million. She is from the immediate family of G3 winners Advancing Star ($794,470, stakes producer) and Darby Fair ($337,374, sire).
A son of two-time Horse of the Year and champion sire Curlin, out of G1 winner Hot Dixie Chick, herself a 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 tally 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 $273,000.
Union Jackson represents the first participation in the New York breeding program for Stonestreet Stables. Stonestreet owner Barbara Banke stated the she was “very excited to be standing Union Jackson in New York,” adding that “Stonestreet very much believes in Union Jackson, and we will be strongly supporting him at stud.”
“We are so excited about this first crop of Union Jackson and couldn't be happier that the first one belongs to our friends at Mr. Amore Stable,” Sequel Stallions' principal Becky Thomas said. “Ron Lombardi visited us yesterday at our annual Stallion Show, but the mare must not have wanted an audience, as she waited until we had gone to have her foal. Ron is a big supporter of the New York breeding program so we are particularly thrilled that he has such a nice Union Jackson colt.”
The mare, Hoboken Honey, is breeding back to Union Jackson in 2019.
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