has not improved since turning three. He always finds trouble. He is
not bred to run a mile and a half. He is overrated. Are any of these
statements true? Are all of them true? I have been reading similar
comments about Union Rags on HorseRacingNation.com and it is time to
find out if he is the real McCoy or a paper tiger.
Did Union Rags peak as a juvenile?
I agree that Union Rags has not moved forward from a speed figure
standpoint but circumstances have prevented him from running fast.
It is difficult to earn a high speed rating in races without much pace. Just ask I’ll Have Another. He did not earn flashy numbers in the Robert Lewis Stakes and SA Derby because those two races had below par early fractions.
Union Rags cruised in the paceless Fountain of Youth and finished a
troubled 3rd behind wire job winner Take Charge Indy in the similarly
slow-paced Florida Derby. He was only beaten a bit more than a length in
his better than looked final Derby prep and appeared to be sitting on
the race of his life on the first Saturday in May...