There were surprises galore on the Kentucky Derby 2012 trail last weekend with Take Charge Indy going all the way in the G1 Florida Derby and 109-1 bomb Hero of Order stunning his rivals in the G2 Louisiana Derby.
I recapped the G1 Florida Derby here on Sunday and in the video below. I have always liked Union Rags
and am not going to abandon ship after a less than ideal trip behind
tepid splits in his final Derby prep. Julien Leparoux could not do much
after he committed to taking back early, coupled with getting pinned
down along the inside by El Padrino’s rider Javier Castellano.
Union Rags finished up nicely after finding room in the lane and almost caught Reveron
for the place. He galloped out in front and horse/rider should move
forward following that learning experience. In reality, he qualified for
the Derby on graded earnings long ago, so Saturday’s race was
meaningless from that standpoint. He remains a solid contender on the
first Saturday in May as long as he trains well leading up to the big