Union Jackson won the Sam Houston Sprint Cup
Union Jackson, a Grade 3-placed stakes-winning son of Curlin, is set for a new career through New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program after being pensioned from stallion duty and gelded.
The 10-year-old, out of the Grade 1 winner Hot Dixie Chick, stood his entire career at Sequel New York in Hudson, N.Y., where he retired for the 2018 breeding season. With two crops of racing age, he has sired 24 winners, with combined progeny earnings of $1,258,452.
Leading the way among Union Jackson’s runners are 2022 stakes winners Kisses for Emily and Jackson Heights.
During his own on-track career, Union Jackson won six of 11 starts for earnings of $273,874. He finished third in the Grade 3 Aristides Stakes as a 4-year-old, and he came back at five to win the Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows, and the Sam Houston Sprint Cup Stakes.
Union Jackson is currently at New Vocations’ facility in Lexington, Ky.
His advertisement on the New Vocations website reads: “Jackson is quite reasonable to lead around, though he can need reminders about personal space at times. He is generally led with a shank lead rope, though he doesn’t generally do anything to require its use.
“Union Jackson has a basic understanding of crossties, though he may explore the boundaries of the ties at times. He doesn’t mind being groomed, but he does have some sensitive areas that he asks are respected. He can get a little anxious when he’s getting tacked up, but he tries very hard to be good. He demonstrates his anxiousness by moving around and trying to chew on the crossties or a lead rope, or something nearby that he can chew on.
“He is very smart, but when he gets into a stress mindset, his learning halts. He will need a particularly advanced, capable horseperson who enjoys the challenge of slowly working with a horse to gain their trust and partnership. We recommend working from the ground up to foster this relationship.
“Jackson is not particularly excitable, but he still has a more dominant mindset (to be expected of a horse that was a breeding stallion previously!). We just recently started him in a turnout with our ‘babysitter,’ Ranger, and he was quick to make friends with Ranger. He was also okay when turned out alone, but stood by the gate often, and we believe that more social interactions with other horses will allow him the opportunities to gain more social skills in general.”
Union Jackson joins Medal Count and Micromanage as recent pensioned stallions that entered the next phase of their lives and careers through the New Vocations program.