Bred by the Mr. Amore Stables of Ron Lombardi, Union Jackson’s first foal, a flashy bay colt out of the Rockport Harbor mare Hoboken Honey, was born at Sequel New York on January 13.
A multiple graded stakes winning owner of more than $10M, Mr. Amore Stables has enjoyed much success lately having campaigned G1 Champagne winner FIRENZE FIRE as well as Breeders Cup G1 placed TIGHTEND TOUCHDOWN in addition to many others.
Hoboken Honey is out of a half-sister to DAIWA BANDIT, a multiple stakes winner in Japan of over $1.4M. She is from the immediate family of grade 3 stakes winners ADVANCING STAR ($794,470, stakes producer) and DARBY FAIR ($337,374, sire).
A son of two-time Horse Of The Year and Champion Sire CURLIN, out of G1 Stakes Winner HOT DIXIE CHICK, half-sister to G1 KY Derby Winner ALWAYS DREAMING, UNION JACKSON was bred in Kentucky by Barbara Banke's Grace Thoroughbred Holdings, campaigned by her Stonestreet Stables, and trained by Steve Asmussen.
Union Jackson broke his maiden by 7 3/4 lengths going six furlongs at Keeneland becoming a TDN Rising Star. He went on to win an 8 1/4-length score in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup Stakes and a victory in the Iowa Sprint Handicap, which he took while running six furlongs in 1:08.75. On the board in 9 of 11 starts, he won 6 races by over a combined 27 lengths with earnings of $273,000.
Union Jackson represents the first participation in the New York breeding program for Stonestreet Stables. Stonestreet owner Barbara
Banke stated the she was "very excited to be standing Union Jackson in New York," adding that "Stonestreet very much believes in Union Jackson, and we will be strongly supporting him at stud."
"We are so excited about this first crop of UNION JACKSON and couldn’t be happier that the first one belongs to our friends at Mr. Amore Stable!" Sequel Stallion’s principal Becky Thomas said. "Ron Lombardi visited us yesterday at our annual Stallion Show, but the mare must not have wanted an audience as she waited until we had gone to have her foal. Ron is a big supporter of the New York breeding program so we are particularly thrilled that he has such a nice Union Jackson colt.”
The mare, Hoboken Honey, is breeding back to UNION JACKSON in 2019.