08/16/2012 3:16PM

Union Rags to enter stud at Lane's End Farm next season

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Barbara D. Livingston
Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags won five of his eight career starts and more than $1.8 million

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags will enter stud at Lane’s End Farm next year, the Versailles, Ky., farm announced Thursday.

Phyllis Wyeth’s homebred retired in July after he developed a small lesion of the high suspensory ligament in his left front leg. Lane’s End will announce a stud fee later.

The 3-year-old colt is by Dixie Union, who stood at Lane’s End until his death in 2010.

Union Rags won his first three starts, including a 7 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special followed by a 5 1/4-length win the Grade 1 Champagne, in 2011 and then finished a head behind Hansen in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, a loss that helped propel Hansen to divisional honors. But Union Rags returned at 3 to score by four- lengths in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. After a third as the favorite in the Florida Derby, Union Rags had a troubled trip in heavy traffic at the Kentucky Derby and finished seventh. He rebounded to take the Belmont by a neck over Paynter in what would be his final start.

Union Rags earned $1,798,800 from five wins, one second, and one third in his eight lifetime starts.

Wyeth bred the colt from Tempo, a mare whose family was long connected to Wyeth’s; her second dam, Glad Rags II, was a foundation mare for Wyeth’s mother, Alice du Pont Mills. And Tempo’s sire, Gone West, was owned by Wyeth’s father, James Mills. Wyeth became attached to Union Rags immediately after his March 3, 2009, birth and intended to keep him to race. She later blamed her accountant for pressing her to sell her favorite horse.

Offered at Fasig-Tipton’s 2010 Saratoga select auction, he brought $145,000 from IEAH Stable. When IEAH pinhooked him to the Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-old sale the following spring, Wyeth sent her longtime friend and advisor Russell Jones to buy him back again. Jones retrieved Union Rags for $390,000.

Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Best of luck. Cant wait to see his foals run. Well bred. Should be a grand sire.
Tom Smith More than 1 year ago
be standing in oklahoma for 2k in 3 years
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Give him a coupla years and a coupla crops and we'll see what he's got. Enjoy every day Rags...
Frank More than 1 year ago
He should be a pretty good stallion hopefully. I think he was a better race horse than his father. I just never like his trainer and thought he would of done better in a barn like Chad Brown, Baffert, or even Shug. I do think he is the top stallion prospect from this group of 3yrs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd breed a mare to IHA before UR any day. It took races 14 days apart to knock out IHA. UR got hurt galloping a mile and a half after a five week layoff. IHA is an IRON HORSE. No other horse out there could run and WIN two GI races in 14 days. Heck few horse can even win back to back graded races no regardless how far apart.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Iron Horse? No other horse will race two G1 races in 14 days because its ONLY done in the triple crown. Also, the best breeding race of the 3 as far as stallions is the "Test of Champions" man. Thats why they call it that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you follow horse racing much? Where is there a rule you can't run a horse back in two weeks? Secretariat even ran twice in NINE days Woodward/Man O War. Just because it is unusual does there is a rule, mean major league starting pictures usually bat last but the is no rule saying they have to. Maybe you are not aware...there are graded stakes every week...not once a month.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Wow I didnt know that -- I thought it was because horses talk and they told their trainer that they dont want to run in two grade 1s in two weeks because its not wise. Thanks for clearing that up -- now can you teach me how I can make a bet next?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let see UR dodges everyone in the Preakness, waits five weeks, walks around Belmont in a slow time and he comes up injured...Wow, what a champion. UR couldn't even get by Hansen in the BC Juv when he had dead aim...what an example for the continuation of the breed. (sarcasm)
Frank More than 1 year ago
Do you follow horse racing much? Do you realize breeding is all about pedigree and not necessarily who beat who last week and who dodged who? So I guess A.P. Indy was not a good sire because he dodged and skipped the Derby??? Maybe your not aware some of the great sires werent the greatest on the tracks and some of the greatest horses on the track were not the greatest sires
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have a good life UR, you deserve it. You should do well as long as Leparoux isn't assigned to take you over to the breeding barn.