August 26, 2018 - Del Mar, Race 4, Msw, USD $60,000, 5 1/2F, .0000
Tale of the Union, C, 2, 2016 by Union Rags
1st Dam: Tanglewood Tale, by Tale of the Cat
2nd Dam: Dreambride, by Unbridled's Song
3rd Dam: Dreamscape, by Mt. Livermore
Owner: Michael Lund Petersen
Breeder: Avanti Stable (NY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Michael Lund Petersenâ€™sÂ Tale of the UnionÂ (c, 2, Union Ragsâ€“Tanglewood Tale, by Tale of the Cat) became the latest example of the incredible depth of the Bob Baffert barn Sunday as the $925,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic grad powered away to a convincing eight-length tally on debut at Del Mar, garnering theÂ â€˜TDN Rising Starâ€™Â distinction. Off a half-step slowly, the bay moved up in between rivals to pester speedy second timerÂ StubbinsÂ (Morning Line) through an opening quarter of :22.24. He left his rival in the dust through a :45.37 half, and the 4-5 chalk powered away under minimal encouragement to run up the score and stop the clock in 1:03.81. Stubbins held on for second.
A $90,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred Preferred Yearling purchase by Brad Gradyâ€™s Grand Oaks, Tale of the Union was the second-priciest purchase in May at Timonium after breezing a furlong in a powerfulÂ :10 flatwith an energetic gallop-out. Fellow Michael Lund Petersen-owned and Baffert-trained firster Mucho Gusto (Mucho Macho Man), the fourth topper at Midlantic at $625,000, was scratched from this same race.Baffert has now unveiled fiveÂ â€˜TDN Rising Starsâ€™Â during the Del Mar stand (Game Winner,Â Roadster,Â Chasing Yesterday,Â Mother Mother).
The victory also capped a very productive weekend for sire Union Rags, who was responsible for both GII Pat Oâ€™Brien S. winner Catalina Cruiser and Shared Belief S. winner Tatters to Riches on Saturdayâ€™s Del Mar card, as well as GI Ballerina S. runner-up Still There at Saratoga.
Tale of the Union is the second foal out of Tanglewood Tale, a seven-length debut romper in the Saratoga mud at two before eventually landing in the claiming ranks and subsequently winning three more times at age four. His year-older full-brother Big Thicket most recently took a Finger Lakes allowance in June. Agent Mike Ryan scooped up Tale of the Unionâ€™s yearling half-sister by Lemon Drop Kid earlier this month at the Fasig New York-bred sale. Tanglewood Tale foaled a Tiznow colt this term before returning to Union Rags. She hails from the extended female family of two-time champion sprinter Housebuster (Mt. Livermore).
The Union Ragsâ€“Storm Cat cross has been a potent one, and is also responsible for the likes of Grade I winners Paradise Woods and Free Drop Billy.