07/13/2010 11:00PM

Dixie Union euthanized


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Young sire and Grade 1-winning millionaire Dixie Union was euthanized Wednesday because of a deteriorating neurological condition, Lane's End Farm announced. He was euthanized at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital here, according to the farm.

A 13-year-old Dixieland Band horse, Dixie Union is the sire of 34 stakes-winners and stood at Lane's End in Versailles, Ky., for an advertised fee of $35,000 this year. His leading earner is 2009 multiple graded winner and millionaire Gone Astray, winner of last season's Pennsylvania Derby.

Dixie Union's other stakes-winners include Grade 1 winners Hot Dixie Chick and Dixie Chatter; Travers Stakes runner-up Grasshopper; and graded winners such as High Cotton, Turf War, and Nothing But Fun, among others. From seven racing-age crops, Dixie Union's progeny earnings stood at more than $23.6 million at his death.

Herman Sarkowsky bred Dixie Union from his Capote-sired Grade 2 winner She's Tops and raced him in partnership with Gerald A. Ford's Diamond A Racing. Dixie Union won the 2000 Haskell Invitational and Malibu Stakes for his Grade 1 tallies. In 1999, he took the Grade 2 Norfolk and Grade 3 Best Pal and Hollywood Juvenile Championship. In total, he won 7 of 12 races and finished second three times for career earnings of $1,233,190.

"We are extremely saddened by the loss of Dixie Union," Lane's End owner Will Farish said. "He was a beautiful horse and a terrific young sire. We want to express our gratitude to the dedicated team of experts who helped care for him, as well as to his owners who entrusted us with him"

Dixie Union was to be buried in the Lanes' End cemetery, Farish said.