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.
He 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.”
“He’s gone to California,” said Matz. “Simon Callaghan bought him as agent, and I think he’s got a pretty good owner. Callaghan has trained stakes winners, so I hope our colt goes on to win stakes.”
“He’s an extremely handsome horse,” said Matz. “He’s got a great disposition. He’s laid back, like Union Rags. You can be sure I’ll be following his career. But it will be hard for Michael if he gets to the Derby.”
Three Pa-Breds sold, with hip number 622, a gray or roan colt by Yes It’s True out of Las Vegas Lady, by Whywhywhy, consigned by Charlton Bloodstock Agency Inc., for Azpurua Stable, Agent III, going to William T. Read for $72,000.
Hip number 446, a bay colt by Bernardini out of Cloud Jumper, by Street Cry, consigned by Brushwood Stable, Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent I, was sold to BSW Bloodstock, agent for Salem for $50,000.
Hip number 622, a gray or roan colt by The Factor out of It’s My Turn, by Stormy Atlantic, consigned by C Bisquit Racing; Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, was sold to Pewter Stable for $50,000.
FIVE HORSES brought $1 million or more at the record setting 2017 OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.
The sales topper was hip number 360, a daughter of Congrats consigned by McKathan Bros., Agent, who went to Kerri Radcliffe, Agent, for $1,700,000.
The final session and overall sale topper is a dark bay or brown filly out of Azalea Belle, by Dixie Union, a daughter of graded stakes winner Westerly Breeze. Her eighth in :9 4/5 was co-fastest at the distance at Friday’s Under Tack session.
Three others reached the million dollar mark on Wednesday.
Hip No. 349, a daughter of Tapit consigned by Tom McCrocklin, Agent, was sold to OXO Equine LLC for $1,100,000.
The chestnut filly, who breezed a quarter in :21 2/5 at Friday’s Under Tack session, is out of graded stakes placed Arienza, by Giant’s Causeway, a daughter of champion Azeri.
OXO Equine bought a second horse from Tom McCrocklin later in the session, going to $1,050,000 for Hip No. 515, a son of Arch who worked a :20 4/5 quarter the Saturday before.
The dark bay or brown colt is out of Enhancing, by Forestry, a daughter of champion Heavenly Prize and a half sister to grade one winner Good Reward.
Hip No. 586, a bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, was purchased by Robert E. & Lawana Low for $1,000,000.
The three-quarter brother to graded stakes winner Cairo Prince, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 on Saturday, is out of Heavenly Vision, by Forestry.
At Tuesday’s opening session, Hip No. 127, a son of Orb consigned by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, was sold to Solis / Litt for $1,250,000.
The bay colt, who worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat last Thursday, is out of Remember, by Forest Wildcat, a half sister to grade one winner Dancing Forever.