Dixie Union (horse)

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Dixie Union
SireDixieland Band
GrandsireNorthern Dancer
DamShe's Tops
CountryUnited States
ColourDark Bay/Brown
BreederHerman Sarkowsky
OwnerHerman Sarkowsky & Diamond A Racing Corp
TrainerRichard E. Mandella
Record12: 7-3-0
Major wins
Norfolk Stakes (1999)
Best Pal Stakes (1999)
Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (1999)
Haskell Invitational Handicap (2000)
Malibu Stakes (2000)

Dixie Union (March 7, 1997 – July 14, 2010) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse whose wins included two Grade I stakes . He was also a successful sire whose progeny included Grade 1 winners Hot Dixie Chick, Dixie Chatter, and 2012 Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags.[1]

Dixie Union was bred by Seattle, Washington businessman and former NBA team owner Herman Sarkowsky, who raced him in partnership with Gerald Ford's Diamond A Racing Corp. His sire was Dixieland Band, the 2004 Leading broodmare sire in North America. His dam was She's Tops, the 1992 winner of the Grade II Railbird Stakes who was a daughter of the 1986 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, Capote.[2]

Trained by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Richard Mandella, at age two Dixie Union won three important stakes races in California. At age three, he won the Grade I Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey, and the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

Due to a deteriorating neurological condition, Dixie Union was humanely euthanized on July 14, 2010, and was buried in the equine cemetery at Lane's End Farm where he had stood at stud.[3]


Pedigree of Dixie Union
Dixieland Band
Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Mississippi Mud Delta Judge Traffic Judge
Sand Buggy Warfare
She's Tops
Capote Seattle Slew Bold Reasoning
My Charmer
Too Bald Bald Eagle
Hidden Talent
She's A Talent Mr. Prospector Raise a Native
Gold Digger
Paintbrush Bold Hour
Change Water