Successful North American sire Dixie Union died on Wednesday after suffering from neurological problems. The 13 year-old stallion had been based at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky for ten years.
His death comes just three months after his own sire Dixieland Band (Northern Dancer) was put down at Lane’s End Farm. He was 30.
Dixie Union was trained by Richard Mandella and won 7 races including the G1 Malibu Stakes and G1 Haskell Invitational for his owners Gerald Ford and Herman Sarkowsky. Sarkowsky bred Dixie Union from the Capote mare She’s Tops.
He sired 34 stakes winners including G1 winners Dixie Chatter (Norfolk Stakes) and Hot Dixie Chick (Spinaway Stakes).
“Dixie Union was a beautiful horse and a terrific young sire,” Lane’s End owner Will Farish said. “He will be buried beside Dixieland Band in the Lane’s End cemetery.”