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Union Rags and The Factor get first mares in foal
Two mares have been confirmed in foal to classic winner Union Rags, who is standing his first season at stud at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Fashion Insider, owned by KatieRich Farm, and Miss Patsy, owned by Elm Free Farm and Time Will Tell LLC, were the first two mares scanned in foal to the 4-year-old son of the late Lane's End stallion Dixie Union.
Fashion Insider, a winning Indian Charlie mare, produced her first foal, an Elusive Quality filly, this year.
Out of the Halo mare Shahalo, Fashion Insider is a full sister to Grade 2 winners My Pal Charlie and Bwana Charlie, as well as a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Bwana Bull, stakes-placed Ten Halos and stakes producer It's Heidi's Dance. Her second dam is Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed White Mischief.
Miss Patsy, a winning Chester House mare, is out of the stakes-winning Powder Horn mare Powder Doll. She is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner and millionaire Scott's Scoundrel, stakes winner and producer Gobedie, stakes winner It's No Act and stakes producer Hannah's Doll.
Union Rags won five of eight career starts, earning $1,798,800. He recorded his biggest victory while outdueling Paynter to take the Belmont Stakes in his career finale, redeeming himself for an unplaced effort in the Kentucky Derby.
Union Rags also won the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes and Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes, and finished second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile as a 2-year-old. He began his 2012 campaign by taking the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes and finishing third in the Florida Derby. He was a divisional Eclipse Award finalist both seasons.
Out of the Gone West mare Tempo, Union Rags is standing his initial season for $35,000, the highest among Kentucky's first-year sires.
Union Rags is one of two first-year stallions at Lane's End this season, along multiple Grade 1 winner The Factor. The farm announced on Monday that The Factor also had two mares, Seeking Silence and Moon's Tune, confirmed in foal.
Seeking Silence, a placed Seeking the Gold mare, is the dam of a winning runner from her first and only starter. Out of the winning Green Dancer mare Whisper Who Dares, Seeking Silence is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and multiple stakes producer Confessional, stakes winner Gossip, and stakes producer Word to the Wise.
Out of the stakes winning T.V. Lark mare Miss Carmie, Whisper Who Dares is a half-sister to Filly Triple Crown winner and champion Chris Evert, granddam of champion and sire Chief's Crown. It is the family of Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors; multiple Grade 1 winning mares Sightseek and Tates Creek; Grade or Group 1 winners Etoile Montante, Tap Dance City, Faaz, Zaitoon, Excellent Art, and Missed The Storm; Japanese champion Deep Sky; and Grade 2 winner and sire Bowman's Band.
Moon's Tune, a winning Dixieland Band mare, is the dam of two winners from three starters. She is out of the Cox's Ridge mare Twilight Ridge, winner of the 1985 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Twilight Ridge is the dam of nine winners from as many starters, including Grade 2 winner and multiple graded stakes producer La Rosa; stakes winner and producer Daylight Ridge; Grade 3-placed Game Coin; and stakes producers Ridgefield and In Twilight.
Seeking Silence and Moon's Tune are owned by Pin Oak Stud and Foxtale Farm, respectively.
The Factor, a 5-year-old War Front horse, scored two Grade 1 victories in 2011, capturing the Malibu Stakes and the Pat O'Brien Stakes. He had briefly been on the Triple Crown trail earlier in the season, winning the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes and Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes.
Winner of the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes and multiple Grade 1-placed at four, The Factor retired with earnings of $922,180.
Out of the Miswaki mare Greyciousness, The Factor stands for $15,000 at Lane's End.