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Belmont Stakes Probably Next for Union Rags

Union Rags, who finished seventh as the second choice in the Kentucky Derby after an eventful trip, will likely make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9, said trainer Michael Matz. The winner of Belmont’s Grade 1 Champagne last fall, Union Rags returned to the track at the Fair Hill Training Center on Thursday.


“He came out of the race fine,” said Matz. “He’s been galloping the past two days. We won’t know for certain for a couple of weeks, but I would imagine if everything goes fine, we’ll look for the Belmont.”


The Derby marked the first time in seven starts that the Chadds Ford Stable color-bearer finished off the board. Union Rags, who also counts the Grade 2 Three Chimneys Saratoga Special and the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park among his victories, was second in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and third in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.


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no doubt about it ;; union rags need either jj or jv;; i like jl in most races at kl and church but he is to sluggish to win the big ones
Chantal, I think Matz was going to wait until after the Preakness to decide. But with Gemologist out of the Belmont, I wouldn't mind seeing Castellano back in the irons on Rags
Has anyone heard any rumblings if there might be, indeed, a jockey change in the works?
As was pointed out by another commentator he is slow to break and probably needs a more aggressive rider. At his size I think he still hasn't grown into that massive body and is a little clumsy. The second half of the year could belong to him but IHA is no slouch and I have done very well by him, $32 win. I look for ex and tri's that pay that to play 10-20 times. Sadly I have a maximum self imposed $50 limit on the KD for total play on that race.
So sad that they would loose their mind to the point they are running a 10f and under champion at 12f against horses who can run 12f.
Please...Just a good break and HALF WAY DECENT TRIP!
Oh PLEASE put Mikeee on Ragsss!!

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