Union Jackson’s first winner comes at Delaware Park

Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Our Tiny Dancer breaks her maiden at Delaware Park on 9/9/21. Hoofprints, Inc. photo.

Our Tiny Dancer breaks her maiden at Delaware Park on 9/9/21. Hoofprints, Inc. Photo.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Sequel Stallions New York resident Union Jackson hit another milestone when 2-year-old Our Tiny Dancer gave her sire a first winner to remember with an 8-length romp at Delaware Park Thursday.

The filly proved to love the mud in the 1-mile race, going straight to the lead on the track labeled sloppy from the widest stall in the seven-horse field. Our Tiny Dancer galloped comfortably a little over a length in front with Erick Lopez keeping a hold on her down the backstretch. It looked like High Frontier may challenge the winner but even showing a little greenness, Our Tiny Dancer was much the best. The stretch run held only one question – how far would the New York-bred win by? – and she answered in emphatic style at the line.

Trained by Amira Chichakly, the filly started her career in New York and was third on debut at Belmont Park before two under-par turf performances at Saratoga. Fate intervened for this race when raining the card off the turf at Delaware Park so One Tiny Dancer could show her love of the dirt surface.

Bred by Larry Botting, Our Tiny Dancer was originally offered as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga fall mixed sale where she was a $9,000 RNA. She was later offered by Top Line Sales at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale and purchased by John Moirano from Top Line Sales for $25,000.

Moriano was joined by Pines Stables, John Irwin and Salle P Thoroughbred Racing in the racing partnership.

Our Tiny Dancer‘s dam Dance I Can was one of 78 mares bred to Union Jackson in his debut season in New York. Owned by Stonestreet Stables during his racing career and still co-owned by the operation as a stallion, the son of Curlin won six of 11 starts with two stakes victories and a Grade 3 placing in the Aristides. He stood the 2021 season for $2,500 in Hudson, New York.

His Grade 1-winning dam Hot Dixie Chick is a familiar name to New York racing as the winner of the 2009 Grade 1 Spinaway and Schuylerville. Also the dam of Grade 3 winner Pauline’s Pearl, Hot Dixie Chick is a half-sister to 2017 Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.

Our Tiny Dancer is the first foal out of the 11-time winning New York-bred Dance I Can, who placed in 27 of her 34 starts for over $122,000 in earnings.

Dance I Can had a colt by the late The Lieutenant last year and was bred to Leofric for 2021 before visiting Frank Conversation this year.

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