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Sunday, April 30, 2017


D.D. Matz’ full brother to Tequilita sells at OBS for $685,000

The 2-year-old full brother to graded stakes winner Tequilita, hip number155, bred and owned by D.D. Matz, sold at the Ocala Breeding Sale on March 14 for $685,000 to Simon Callaghan.

UNION RAGS COLT OUT OF SANGRITA nUnion Rags colt out of SangritaHe was one of 10 Union Rags’ 2-year-olds sold over the two-day sale.

Three were not sold, and the remaining seven averaged $422,571 with hip number 323, a colt out of Alexandra Rylee, selling to Dennis O’Neill for $950,000 and hip number 488, a colt out of Delightfully So, selling to Steve Young, Agent, for $900,000.

He breezed an eighth in :10 flat.

The Matz’ hip number 155 colt is, like Tequilita, closely connected to the Matz family.

D.D.’s husband Michael trained both Union Rags and Sangria and trains Tequilita, who has won three races, including the Smart Halo Stakes and the G2 Forward Gal Stakes on Feb. 4 and placed second in three races, including the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks on April 1.

D.D. bred and raced their dam, the graded stakes winner Sangrita.

“He’s gorgeous,” said Matz of the Union Rags 2-year-old colt out of Sangria. “I didn’t want to sell him, but it’s our policy to sell the colts, and my kids are riding jumpers now, so I can’t keep them all.”

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Lord Shanakill, sire of a European Group 1 winner, stands at Pin Oak Lane

NEW FREEDOM, Pa.—William J. Solomon, VMD, was 2016’s second leading stallion owner, and that was without any foals of one of his outstanding stallions, Lord Shanakill, racing in this country in 2016.

Lord Shanakill, who has two crops of racing age running in Europe, arrived at Solomon’s Pin Oak Lane Farm from the Irish National Stud in January, 2016.

pinoaklane 2Lord Shanakill at Pin Oak Lane FarmHe is the sire of four stakes performers, three group/graded, from two crops of racing age and ranked second among Europe’s freshman sires by number of winners in 2014, with 16 worldwide.

His runners have amassed more than $1 million and include 2015 stakes performers My Dream Boat, winner of the Prix Perth-G3 in France; Great Dancer (Ire), third in the Hill Prince Stakes-G3 at Belmont Park; and Mister Brightside (Ire), second in Santa Anita’s Twilight Derby-G2 in his only U.S. start.

In 2016, My Dream Boat (Ire) won the E750,000 G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 15.

My Dream Boat won the 10 furlong event with a strong finish, beating the world’s number one rated racehorse, A Shin Hikari (Jpn), and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, Found (Ire).

With earnings of over $800,000 and multiple graded wins, My Dream Boat moves to the elite class of international racing and put Lord Shanakill in the top tier of Mid-Atlantic sires.

The 4-year-old My Dream Boat also won the 1.25 mile Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes on April 22, 2016.

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