Union Rags was the Kentucky Derby 2012 favorite
going into the Fountain of Youth Stakes and proved his mettle with a
facile score at Gulfstream Park under Julien Leparoux on Sunday.
G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes (2-26-12): 95 BSF (Union Rags)
Union Rags did not have to win the Fountain of Youth
Stakes. He already had plenty of Derby graded earnings and was using his
sophomore debut as a prep for the Florida Derby. It was nice to see a
good prospect score despite not being fully cranked. The Michael Matz
runner is the solid Derby favorite at this stage but let’s not get
carried away with Triple Crown talk. His main rival and morning line
favorite Algorithms scratched due to a bone splint
injury and there was not much depth to the FOY field. Discreet Dancer
was the controlling speed but spiked a fever earlier in the month and
figured to have distance limitations.