Union Jackson in the parade ring before absolutely annihilating the field in his maiden win today. He ran a phenomenally fast race on the front end and just opened up on them. He can definitely sprint.
For those of you who don’t know, this is the Curlin - Hot Dixie Chick by Dixie Union colt that was the paddock mate of Jess’s Dream the whole way through.
Last Saturday, New Years Day made himself the early favorite for the 2014 Kentucky Derby with an easy win in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. But does have what it takes to handle the longer distances and tougher competition next year?
New Year’s Day is sired by Street Cry (IRE) and out of the Dixie Union mare Justwhistledixie. Street Cry, by Machiavellian (by Mr. Prospector) out of Helen Street (by Troy), was a very successful racehorse. He raced twelve times, never placing worse than third, and two of his three wins were in the Dubai World Cup and Stephen Foster Handicap. As a sire, Street Cry (IRE) has become very popular. He is the sire of graded stakes winners Street Sense (2007 Kentucky Derby, Jim Dandy and Travers Stakes winner), Zenyatta (we all know what she did), Shocking, Street Boss, Desert Party, Victors Cry, etc.. In all, Street Cry (IRE) has sired 45 graded stakes winners and they have no trouble in long distance races.
New Year’s Day’s dam is Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union out of General Jeanne (by Honour and Glory). Justwhistledixie is a graded stakes winning mare. She won the Love Affair Stakes, G2 Danova Dale Stakes, Ruthless Stakes, and the G2 Bonnie Miss Stakes. New Year’s Day is her first foal. Justwhistledixie has more of a sprinter/miler pedigree. Her sire, Dixie Union won mostly sprint races, but was able to win the Haskell Stakes at 1 1/8 miles. Dixie Union’s foals also had trouble at longer distances, though his son Union Rags won the 2012 Belmont Stakes. Justwhistledixie’s dam, General Jeanne, is sired by Honour and Glory. Honour and Glory was a fantastic sprinter/miler winning the Met Mile, San Rafael Stakes, Kings Bishop, and the San Miguel Stakes.
Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Gary and Mary West, New Year’s Day has the right connections for a successful career. He made his racing debut at Del Mar on August 17 in a 5 ½ furlong maiden race. New Years Day finished third behind Indexical and Hi Fashioned. 15 days later, he ran in a 1 mile maiden race and won by 1 ¾ lengths. New Years Day would run next in the Breeders Cup Juvenile just over 2 months away. He went off as a longshot but ran like he was the favorite, running down the tiring front runners Havana and Strong Mandate to win by 1 ¼ lengths.
With his pedigree and running style I think New Years Day could handle the longer distances as a three year old. He seemed to keep picking up speed in the final sixteenth of the Breeders Cup and continued to pull away when in front. He didn’t seem very tired either, but I think 1 ¼ miles will be the max. for him. For now, New Year’s Day is #1 on the Kentucky Derby points list and is the early favorite for the Run For The Roses.
Born in 1997, by Dehere, out of Imaglee. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and owned by Padua Stable. In the 2000 Affirmed Handicap he finised third to Tiznow and Dixie Union, he finished third in the 2000 King’s Bishop Stakes as well, behind More Than Ready and Valiant Halory. He retired with 3 wins, 1 second, and 5 third places, from 16 starts, and earning of $260,090.