Thu, 10/03/2019 - 13:45

Although Lane’s End stallion Union Rags has boasted strong sales since his first crop of weanlings hit the sales ring in 2015, the son of Dixie Union broke through this year at the Keeneland September Sale with his best-selling crop to date.

Union Rags has had an exceptional year with his offspring on the track with graded stakes winners Paradise Woods and Catalina Cruiser and black-type victors such as Spring Lily and Laughing Fox. These successes have led to increased demand for yearlings by the leading fourth-crop sire.

The Classic winner had not one—but two—million-dollar yearlings at the Keeneland September Sale. During the second day of the sale, a Union Rags half-sister to the graded winner Point Of Honor sold to Godolphin for an even million and later in the week a colt by the stallion brought a cool million from the partnership of SF Racing/Starlight Racing/Madaket Stables.

The sire saw an additional three hips sell for over a half-million with hip 202 fetching $750,000 from Shadwell, while hip 254 went to the partnership of Repole and St. Elias Stables for $725,000 and hip 992 brought $650,000 from Mayberry Farm. Of the 51 Union Rags yearlings sold during the September Sale, a whopping 35 hip the $100,000 mark, with an average of over $218,000 and a median of $180,000.