Located on a farm in Shortsville NY, near Finger Lakes Race Track
Gorgeous, kind, smart, and very well bred, this stunning son of Union Rags out of a Smart Strike mare would make an excellent stallion to cross with warmblood mares for a sport horse breeding program. But he can also make an excellent sport horse in his own right — he could do double duty. His owner/trainer describes him as a very well behaved and smart horse who does not act studdish and is friendly with people. For his photo session he handled him with just a lead rope, and no chain, even though he had just been moved to his farm from the track. He also reported that Lutheran Rags is good to ride (he has ridden himself) and has been trained to go in a frame and use his back and engage his hind end — the owner/trainer comes from a show background. He thinks Lutheran Rags would excel in dressage. Lutheran Rags has been with his current owner/trainer for a couple of years, and in his 7 races this year he has a win and a second. Overall he has 20 starts with 2 wins and 6 placings and over $100,000 in earnings. Three years ago Lutheran Rags had surgery to remove chips from his right knee, and he was properly rehabbed, and as noted successfully returned to racing this year. The knee is cold, and has not bothered him after races this year, but there is residual scar tissue. Lutheran Rags showed very good movement jogging on uneven grass, without hind shoes — he has a lofty way of going with good reach from the shoulders and an even rhythm. The owner/trainer adores
Lutheran Rags, and can tell that he doesn’t have the same level of competitiveness that he had when younger and winning at the maiden special weight and allowance level at the top NYRA tracks, so he does not want to keep racing him next year. While he thinks the horse has the mind and steady temperament to make a track pony horse, he does not have time for that, and he knows that Lutheran Rags is too talented to be a pasture pet on his farm. He said his ideal placement for his beloved gorgeous boy would be in a program that wanted to ride and show him as well as use him for breeding. But as nice and kind as he is as a stallion, he would also be an awesome gelding. His bloodlines are well worth reproducing. He is by Belmont winner and top sire Union Rags, who is by Dixie Union (a son of Dixieland Band) out of a Gone West mare. Lutheran Rags’ dam — who is out of a graded stakes winning mare — is by perennial leading sire Smart Strike, who has many sons such as superstar Curlin who are excelling as sires, and who is well known as a top broodmare sire as well. The Dixie Union/Dixieland Band/Gone West lines, and the Smart Strike lines are also well known for producing top sport horses who are good jumpers and movers with good minds.
Price: $2,000 negotiable
Contact: Assaf Ronen 646-256-3248 (text or call)
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