Three highly regarded 3-year-old colts share Dixie Union as a broodmare sire, and when something like that happens it’s usually a sign that a broodmare sire is on his way up. This is a nice position in which to be if you happen to own a daughter of Dixie Union, too.
Mohaymen, the pro-tem leader of the 3-year-old division, is by Tapit from Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union. He’s undefeated in four starts, has won the G2 Holy Bull, Remsen, and Nashua stakes, and has earned $559,830 to date.
Mor Spirit, one of the leading classics contenders on the West Coast, is by Eskendereya from Im a Dixie Girl, by Dixie Union. Mor Spirit is three-for-five with the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity and the G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes on his resume. He’s earned $378,400.
Unified, the talking horse of the week following a notable debut at Gulfstream with a 99 Beyer Speed Figure, is by Candy Ride out of Union City, by Dixie Union. He’s one-for-one with $24,000 in earnings but has already run a faster fig than many on the Triple Crown trail.
The three colts are by the sire lines of A.P. Indy/Seattle Slew, Storm Cat/Northern Dancer, and Fappiano/Mr. Prospector, which indicates that the Dixie Union mares are great mixers with the predominant and fashionable strains of the great majority of stallions at stud now.
A multiple G1 winner from 7F to 9F — the wheelhouse of American racing — and an attractive physical specimen, Dixie Union was sired by the Northern Dancer stallion Dixieland Band and was produced by the Capote (by Seattle Slew) mare She’s Tops. His 2nd dam, She’s a Talent, was by Mr. Prospector, so Dixie Union’s own pedigree has the same components contained in those of Mohaymen, Mor Spirt, and Unified. But they are at a distance far back enough to reinforce their quality but not so close as to raise eyebrows.
Mohaymen is inbred 4×5 to Seattle Slew, 4x5x5 to Mr. Prospector, and 5×4 to Northern Dancer.
Mor Spirit is 3×5 to Seattle Slew, 5x5x4x5 to Northern Dancer, and 5×5 to Raise a Native — Mr. Prospector’s sire.
Unified is 5x5x4 to Mr. Prospector.
Dixie Union, from the family of recently deceased Timber Country, stood at Lane’s End and died prematurely at age 13 in 2010. He sired four G1 winners, two of whom — Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags and Arkansas Derby winner Overanalyze — are at stud and offer a chance for his male line to continue. But his daughters, who have already produced seven Graded winners, are doing their part to carry his name forward at the highest levels.