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Dixie Union

Dixie Union (left) is best known in Europe as the sire of Sander Camillo


Prominent US sire
Dixie Union put down

DIXIE Union, a Grade 1 winner and prominent US sire, was put down on Wednesday at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky due to a deteriorating neurologic problem. The 13-year-old son of Dixieland Band stood the past season for $35,000 at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky, his home for the entirety of his nine-year stud career.

Bred by Herman Sarkowsky, Dixie Union was campaigned by his breeder in partnership with Diamond A Racing Corp to win seven of 12 starts for trainer Richard Mandella. Among them was a pair of Grade 1 events, the Haskell Invitational and Malibu Stakes. He retired to stud as the winner of $1,233,190 in earnings.

Dixie Union retired to Lane's End Farm for the 2001 season at a fee of $30,000, which was to peak at $50,000 in 2008. From seven crops of racing age, he has sired 34 stakes winners led by Hot Dixie Chick, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes, and Dixie Chatter, winner of the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes.

Dixie Chatter has just completed his first season at stud in California while another talented son, High Cotton, stands at Ocala Stud in Florida.

Dixie Union is best known in Europe as the sire of last season's Group 2 Prix de Sandringham winner Homebound and the high-class two-year-old Sander Camillo, who sold for 3.2 million guineas at the 2007 Tattersalls December Sale.

"We are extremely saddened by theloss of Dixie Union," said Will Farish, owner of Lane's End Farm. "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 produced out of the Grade 2-winning Capote mare She's Tops.





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