Union Rags

Saguaro Row Circles Field To Capture Pumpkin Pie

Making her first start in New York since running second in the Shine Again this summer at Saratoga Race Course, Saguaro Row rallied from last to win the $100,000 Pumpkin Pie for fillies and mares on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Breaking from post 6 at odds of 4-1 with Joel Rosario aboard, Saguaro Row was […]

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Paradise Woods Retired; Ollie’s Candy, Serengeti Empress To Race In 2020

Two-time Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods has officially been retired from racing, according to drf.com. The 5-year-old daughter of Union Rags finished last of 11 in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and trainer John Shirreffs indicated that she will be sent to Lane’s End Farm to begin a broodmare career. Paradise Woods retires with earnings of $1,123,890 […]

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Breeders’ Cup Sprint Contender Catalina Cruiser To Stand At Lane’s End

Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser will stand at Lane’s End Farm upon retirement. A son of leading cumulative fourth-crop sire Union Rags, Catalina Cruiser is seven for eight lifetime with five of those wins being graded. “Catalina Cruiser is the quintessential American dirt horse. He’s exactly what we’re looking for. Tough, with speed and the ability […]

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Paradise Woods Continues Cedillo’s Big Weekend In Zenyatta

HS Stable and Martin and Pam Wygod’s Paradise Woods gave jockey Abel Cedillo another big win on the weekend in Sunday’s Grade 2 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old daughter of Union Rags, trained by John Shirreffs, ran 1 1/16 miles over the fast main tracks in 1:44.31, winning the race for the second […]

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Big Day For Winter Quarter Farm Closes Out Book 2 Of Keeneland September Sale

It’s been a productive season for the Winter Quarter Farm consignment. In August, the operation of Don Robinson made history when it handled the highest-priced horse ever offered at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings Sale, a $775,000 Malibu Moon filly that sold to Larry Best’s OXO Equine. That momentum carried into the Keeneland September Yearling […]

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Seven-Figure Union Rags Colt Tops Fourth Session Of Keeneland September Sale

After the glitzy prices and pedigrees of Book 1 and the auction’s traditional “Dark Day” to give everyone time to catch their breath and catch up on inspections, the heart of the trade in the Keeneland September Yearling Sale started beating on Friday with the start of Book 2. At the section’s halfway point, the […]

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Godolphin Outbids Coolmore On $4.1-Million Curlin Colt At Keeneland September Sale

It was just like the old days. In the blue corner was Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the Godolphin operation, which had been flexing its financial muscles with impunity during the first two days of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. In the slightly darker blue corner were the Irish lads of the Coolmore […]

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Sadler Pleased With Catalina Cruiser’s ‘Game Win’ In O’Brien

Catalina Cruiser and Giant Expectations both exited their stretch battle in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade I Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del mar in good health, their respective camps reported Sunday. With the nose victory in the O’Brien, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Catalina Cruiser’s connections – trainer John Sadler […]

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Catalina Cruiser Fights Off Giant Expectations To Win Pat O’Brien At Del Mar

Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser, the 1-2 favorite piloted for the first time by Flavien Prat, had to dig deep Saturday to fight off the tenacious challenge of Giant Expectations in an epic stretch battle and win the featured Grade II $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. Hooked […]

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Sadler ‘Doing What’s Best’ For Catalina Cruiser, Cuts Him Back To Seven Furlongs

The San Diego Handicap and Pat O’Brien Stakes would seem an odd couple of events for a horse to undertake, let alone win, in any Del Mar summer meeting. The San Diego Handicap is around two turns, 1 1/16th miles and serves as the major prep for the TVG Pacific Classic. The Pat O’Brien is […]

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